Welcome to my new website and blog. I’m looking forward to sharing with you insights about my art and insights I’ve garnered along the path of creation.
When speaking about my work, I’ve often said, “I create art as a means to experience and share intimate, personal revelations concerning the nature of reality.” My blog will give me an opportunity to share with you some of the often unusual, multi-dimensional encounters with reality that have led to the creation of my Origins life-work. And to many of the surprising experiences I’ve encountered while creating the work. It will include stories of how the poetry and automatic writing in Origins mysteriously came about. My main professor in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison once said to me, “I like your work so much because it looks as though it means something.” Well, guess what—it does mean something!
My blog will shine a light on the meaning of my art. It will address many of the questions that people often ask when experiencing my work: What is that strange writing on your paintings? Where does it come from and what does it mean? Why black birds? How did the earth tongues come about? You talk about the profound out-of-body experience that led to Origins. Have there been other experiences? If so, what are they? Do you continue to have these experiences?
Many early followers of my art, back in the 80’s when I had my large one-person exhibition at the University Of Arizona Museum Of Art and was more actively exhibiting, have been frustrated through the years with my sudden shift in attention to the Global Art Project for Peace. I will speak about this change in focus and the personal struggle I’ve had with being intensely passionate about both aspects of my art—but being limited to 24 hours in a day.
This new website turns my focus once again on Origins and my renewed commitment to sharing its wisdom out into the world.
I hope you’ll be intrigued enough to follow along with me In the Vortex.
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Thank you for saying YES to sharing your experiences and your art and to committing to the Global Art Project.
I recently said yes to an inner prompt to create a city wide initiative — Poems for Peace~LA, opening hearts though the arts. The day would be on or close to the United Nations International Day of Peace. Latifah Taormina, a friend of mine started Poems for Peace. It was a tremendous success in Austin, and evolved in only two years to a city-wide project of large proportion involving all the arts. When I heard her speak about it, I said, “I want to do that in LA”. I’m feeling excited because everyone I mention it to says, loves the idea. As people step forward, I am a bit confounded how this is actually going to happen. Someone I told about this project asked to write a chapter on art and peace for a collaborative book about creating a culture of peace. It is to be based on the various sectors of society based on Barbarba Marx Hubbard’s ideas. I said YES and now I am dealing with the reality of writing and quieting the voices that say I am vastly under-qualified to write this.Yet, another quieter voice deep in my core is telling me that any one of us can speak as an expert on the subject of peace and art because we it is in fact the harmonic chord of our being. I would love to interview you, about the subject of art and peace. Please let me know if you would be willing, I need to do this soon, as I have been asked to complete the chapter by the end of March. I could set up a conference call and record the talk, if you might be willing. Any quotes from you or about your project would be fully credited. I am deeply touched by your personal art, your story, and your Global Art Project.