Everything’s Connected

This painting was created as a part of a collaborative "Exquisite Corpse" exhibition in San Jose at Kalied Gallery. If you are unfamiliar with Exquisite Corpse, it is a game that was started by surrealists in the 1920s to create new ideas from random combinations. 3...

read more

The Final Era

The idea for The Final Era came from a number of articles regarding the Anthropocene, the proposed name for the era many scientists feel we are currently in. This name means: new age of man, and refers to negative man-made changes to the planet that are markedly...

read more

Looking Forward, Looking Back

The Ouroborous, the snake eating its tail, is an ancient symbol of infinity and rebirth. As I was creating this painting I was thinking about how my own presence on Earth is part of a continuum, floating between the past and the future. When I was a kid I often looked...

read more

Diving Bell

The title for this piece came from a conversation I had with a fellow artist who creates very poetic names for his artworks. I asked him how he arrives at his titles and he said "By trolley." He then asked how I find mine. I answered, "diving bell." Like many quips,...

read more

Prime Meridian

My great-grandmother left Denmark as a young, single woman to come to this country and find a new life. Her daughter, my grandmother, raised three young kids in a sod hut in the middle of Nowhere Nevada while my grandfather herded another man's cattle on a remote...

read more

Seeing in the Dark

When I reached my 50s I began seeing the arc of my life a bit differently. Instead of ascending towards a goal, I now feel I am balancing on the crest of a breaking wave. I see the path behind me, the people, events and actions that led me here, but I also see the...

read more

Oracle

The word oracle comes from the Latin "rare" which means "to speak."  But oracles also employ vision: of the past, of the present and of the future, to formulate their prophesies. Oracles were often connected to Goddesses, and were the channels through which these...

read more

Shelter

Shelter: sanctuary, refuge, home, haven, safe house; harbor, port in a storm... On the night of July 22 2016, my neighbors and I, in Chatsworth, stood on a hill overlooking the San Fernando Valley and saw, with the rising moon, the orange glow of fire on the other...

read more

Cosmic Serpents

This painting, 18" x 24" oil on wood (sold) was inspired by lore from many cultures describing snakes as creative forces. These two snakes are an Earth snake, with flowered scales, and a Sky snake, with feathered scales. They twine together to create the universe....

read more

The Maiden and the Unicorn

In the middle ages the theme of the Maiden and Unicorn was popular and repeated in many tapestries of the time. The Maiden is a symbol of innocence and virtue, representing the best parts of humanity grounded in reality. The Unicorn, a symbol of wildness and passion,...

read more

Raven, the Trickster

Raven, 24″ x 30″ oil on canvas. Obviously inspired by Northwest Native American art, I took a trip to Vancouver a few years ago and was very inspired by the fluid geometry of the artworks I saw. The Raven is a popular figure in many cultures. Ravens are seers,...

read more

Sacred Datura

Sacred Datura was inspired by Chumash rock art and the native plant of this name. The plant was used as a visionary aid in Native American rituals, and the visions, according to some lore, include clouds of sparkling dots. The Hawk Moth is one of the few creatures...

read more

Life and Death

Life and Death was inspired by a flower vendor I saw in Havana. He was carrying a bucket of sunflowers, surrounded by the bright Caribbean colors of Havana buildings. The color and light of the Caribbean are lively and cheerful, but Cuba's culture is also deeply...

read more

Now Be Here

After participating in an historic gathering of female and female identifying artists in LA, (NowbeHere#1 @hauserwirthschimmel) I had an interesting conversation over lunch with my friend Isabel (under orange umbrella in above photo, I am right behind her) about the...

read more

Animal Evacuation – Sand Fire

#SandFire  Santa Clarita 2016 [Click here for more pix and video of the animals at Wildlife Waystation and the rescue.] The night of Friday, July 22, was hot. Plumes of smoke were rising from the east, visible  for 14 miles over the Santa Susana Mountains all the way...

read more

Mariposa

Mariposa started as a sketch of butterfly wings seen through a kaleidoscope. As the wings broke into shards of wings and wing patterns, an idea began to develop. Butterflies are traditional symbols of change, morphing from earth-bound caterpillar to magical airborne...

read more

Solo Topanga

In her current art exhibition titled "Modern Mythology", LA contemporary artist Sarah Stone opens a book of colorful stories. Inspired by world folklore and mythologies, her paintings (and some assemblages) tell tales of birth, death, challenge, growth, connection and...

read more

Persephone

In Greek mythology, Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, the Goddess of the harvest. As the story has been handed down, Hades, the God of the Underworld (Hell, Death, "Down There"), sees young Persephone, falls in love and abducts (kidnaps,snatches,...

read more