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Big Bang, acrylic on canvas, 24"x46" © 1988

Although I saw and heard these things, I nevertheless refused to write them because of doubt and evil opinion. . .until I become sick, pressed down by the scourge. . .Eventually I began to write what I had searched out and come upon secretly. As soon as I did that, I became healthy with a received strength, and. . .I was able to bring my work to completion.
---Hildegard of Bingen [Scivias; Hozeski]

Big Bang was composed by superimposing the shape of a single star upon itself numerous times. Such repeated superimposition resulted in a very complex and seemingly chaotic patterning. It is important to remember, however, that this seeming chaos and complexity is simply the result of the interrelations of a single star shape with itself: the star shape transforms to create other shapes while retaining its own identity. more . . .

Fire and Ice, acrylic on canvas, 36"x26" © 1991 (private collection)

Flowering Voices, acrylic on canvas and wood, 15"x10 3/4" © 2002

Compass Rose, acrylic on linen, 30"x30" © 1988, 1992 (one of two versions; both in private collections)

Barnyard is inspired by an adolescence in the sticks and the opening stanza to Sylvia Plath's poem, The Colossus:

I shall never get you put together entirely,
Pieced, glued, and properly jointed.
Mule-bray, pig-grunt and bawdy cackles
Proceed from your great lips.
It's worse than a barnyard.

Barnyard, oil on linen, 24"x32" © 1994

Phoenix, acrylic, oil & prismacolor on black board, 23"x17 1/2" © 1999 (private collection)

Planting Lotuses in Fire, oil on linen, 20"x30" © 1993

Planting Lotuses in Fire, was inspired by the inscription from the Bhagavad Gita on Sylvia Plath's (vanished) tombstone: "Even amidst fierce flames the golden lotus can be planted."

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