Fine Arts Painting

Acrylic paintings on canvas, from 2012 to the present.

Fine Arts
Triptych of the Muse: 
the Beautiful, Terrible, Fire in the Head
3 panels: 48” high x 36” wide each, acrylic on canvas. $9,000.00
This left-hand panel of the triptych represents our subconscious, feminine, dark, organic, symbolic, mysterious nature as we express ourselves through the arts
“The Muse” is an ancient Greek Goddess, (or sometimes confusingly, a group of 3, 9 or 12 Goddesses)
dating back at least since 800 BCE, credited as patroness(es) of various arts: poetry, history, comedy, tragedy, singing, dance, and most especially, of music. Basically, she has been the patron of artists, actors and musicians down through the ages ever since. So many writers and poets from Shakespeare, to Byron to Neil Gaiman have invoked the Muse down through the centuries. And it occurred to me that if the Muse had a halo (like the Virgin Mary in a traditional icon of Eastern Orthodoxy), then hers would be comprised of words and poems.
As I tried to pull together symbols and images for this portrait, I kept returning to a few key ideas: how the arts communicate NOT through the usual pagan elements of earth, air, fire and water- but our human senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Therefore the Muse is at her heart a very SENSUAL Goddess, and furthermore— the most EMOTIONAL of Gods. For what is art worth if it does not stir the emotions? And it is the Muse who stirs and sends these passions to the artist to get the process started.I mixed this with a listing of some modern, 21st century art forms. And then I gave her some art tools: paint-brushes, pens, pencils, some film, a sculpting tool for clay, and a USB cable to hold aloft - much like the statue of liberty holds aloft the torch of freedom.
This right-hand panel of the triptych represents our rational, masculine, solar, technological, rational natures
that humans struggle to control and express through the arts.
Yemayá, Our Lady of the Oceans, Mother of All Life:
40 inches high x 30 inches wide, acrylic and mixed media on canvas. $2,500.00
Portrait of Gerda, Frost Giantess:
30 inches wide x 40 inches high; acrylic on canvas.
Shown with permission of owner, private collection. NFS

Nuit: Queen of Heaven: 36 inches high x 60 inches wide, acrylic and mixed media on canvas.
Shown with permission of owner, private collection. NFS

Bear Mother: 43 x 43 x 7.5 inches, acrylic on canvas and wood,
frame construction by Christopher Odegard, $3,500.00

Remember back five-thousand, maybe twelve-thousand years ago, far to the east; where the deep forest meets the tall mountains. Our people have lived peacefully here longer than our Grandmothers’ Grandmothers can tell. But recently, aggressive strangers have pushed into the edges of our world. We are afraid.
The wise woman has left to speak with the ancestors. She has been gone for days. As is proper, we wait for her in fasting and prayer. We dance, we sing, we sweat, we bathe, we prepare the ritual feast. Then, at the appointed hour — we travel to the cave — the sacred place where Bear-Spirit first led our people to the womb of the Great Mother.
With reverence, we enter with chanting. We enter with bear-fat lanterns in hand. We enter with bundles of food, drink, and precious offerings. Deeper and deeper into the long, winding tunnel we go; until at last we come before her — our priestess. She is sitting upon the high seat of honor, nestled among the bones of our beloved dead.
She has many important things to say.

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