Thursday, December 12, 2013

"What's past is prologue."


    I am a dreamer,  an artist who elects to create works that challenge my intellect. 

    Periodically I  find myself searching for new subjects that reflect an interest that I am ardent about. Art history, specifically the three dimensional works created since the dawn of civilization is one passion that I am obsessed with.
     I have decided to travel with my mind's eye down a new road of creativity. This path is surrounded by the imagination of other ancient artists.
     
The words of William Shakespeare in his play The Tempest 
"What's past is prologue.." rightly define the spirit of my newest paintings. I am calling this series “Honor the Past” to reflect and honor the work and spirit of others who inspire my philosophical studies and future art. 


     


     A love of the sea and Greek mythology brought me to a sculpture of Poseidon that sits in Copenhagen and is thought to have been sculpted in the 3rd Century AD. Below you can see a photo of the subsequent mixed media painting that I did from this inspiration.
"Poseidon's Realm" 10" x 10" mixed media with collage painting on gallery wrap canvas

     


     Next I chose a work inspired by a sculpture I found at Selby Gardens
 in Sarasota, Florida. 

This work called
   "Jain Dharma Leader"
 sits in a tranquil pond quietly meditating.











The painting I created from this muse is shown below:


"Within & Without" 20" x 16" acrylics on canvas

      Shakespeare's words suit my  philosophy as I look to the past. This famous metaphor sets the scene for what I have yet to fashion. These works are just the beginning of the series. Ultimately I will grow and nurture this collection into a garden of inspiration.

Thank you for visiting my garden. Please come back again.


For more information about Poseidon please click on this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon
To learn about the meaning of  Jain Dharma  information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharma
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism
For those interested in visiting the wonderful Selby Gardens click here: http://www.selby.org/