Mystery
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All around us our family breathes, grows, & passes into oblivion. Our greatest joy & peace come at moments we feel inseparable from hopping kinglets, ripening berries, clouds moving over the ocean.

One day I met a sea lion lumbering out of the water near a dead sea lion washed up on the beach. I felt her sadness, like my own suffering in separation & loss. Another time I watched surf scoters floating tiny among the big waves. Feeling their ease in the ocean's vastness deepened the sense of ease I feel in acceptance & love.

One of the greatest expressions of mystery is love. The complexities, conflicts, joys, revelations, enduring loyalties - there is a resonance between couple love & environmental patterns. From garden spiders to California poppies, sex is the dance of the universe unfolding. The healing we create in relationship ripples out across the biosphere.

Another great mystery is death. Every being around us unfolds into life & faces its own death - jay, oak, old man down the street. In our times small deaths are amplified in species extinctions. Canoeing our local Laguna de Santa Rosa, I enjoyed the beautiful presence of egrets. I also felt the painful absence of once-plentiful elk.

All our mysteries are dependent on the mystery of mycelium within the soil, phytoplankton in the oceans, light & heat falling from the closest star. The process of painting is an exploration of mystery. The resulting image is how I share with you the belonging I find.

 


 

MYSTERY

RED BEARS CLIMBING **
acrylic/canvas
36 x 60”
$3500

acrylic: Egret & Ghost Elk 2

EGRET & GHOST ELK 2
acrylic
30 x 40”
$1800

acrylic: Salmon She Offers

SALMON SHE OFFERS
water color & acrylic
14 x 21”
$600
acrylic: Mother Raven

MOTHER RAVEN
water color & acrylic
16 x 21”
$600
acrylic: All the Desires

ALL THE DESIRES 2
acrylic/canvas
60 x 48”
$5000


GULL ON THE BEACH
acrylic/canvas
20 x 24”
$700

acrylic Surf Scoters

SURF SCOTERS
acrylic/canvas
18 x 24”
$700

watercolor: Couple 6


COUPLE 6
watercolor
13 x 9.5”
$500

watercolor: Couple 8


COUPLE 8
watercolor
13 x 9.5”
$500

acrylic: Red Shouldered Hawks


RED SHOULDERED HAWKS**
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18”
$800

acrylic: Night Rain at the Turtle Pond


NIGHT RAIN AT THE TURTLE POND**
acrylic on canvas
30 x 15”
$800

acrylic: Forest Woman & Storm Man Fishing

FOREST WOMAN & STORM MAN FISHING
acrylic/canvas
40 x30 ”
$1100
acrylic: Fish

FISH
acrylic, wool, cotton & aluminum on canvas
28 x 22”
$800
watercolor: Mushroom

A FOREST'S VITALITY
watercolor
10.3 x 14”
$500
watercolor: Mushroom 9

DECOMPOSITION BY FUNGI
watercolor
9.8 x 8”
$500
watercolor: Mushroom 6

OFTENTIMES A NATIVE FUNGUS
watercolor
6.8 x 9.5”
$500

 
  **Also available as a giclee print.  
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