Dubrovnik, a city on the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia, was founded in the 7th century.
“Return of the Dogs” : An exhibit of art inspired by the mythology of dogs
This exhibit was created in 2008, after my return from Rajasthan, India where I spent 3 months working at a dog shelter in the Aravalli Range.
This series was begun on Gozo Island in the Mediterranean in December of 2019 and was completed in Quebec, May 2020. These paintings are the illustrations for my new story, “Lapwing Island” about island mentality, and an island sinking, as witnessed by the birds. Stay tuned for the unveiling of my story.
“Mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning, ‘circle’, and is an ancient spiritual art form from the East. It depicts the natural patterns that arise from the psyche in relation to the cosmos. It is a meditative map, a guiding force to understanding the greater picture.
“Coup D’État” was exhibited in Quebec in 2012.
It is about initiation, when life is put to question, all beliefs, personas, ideals, livelihood, relationships, and raison d’être. The process of individuation is about letting go of old ways. The oracles are a kind of map, guiding between the inner and outer worlds.
My decade of travels in Mali, West Africa came to an end with the 2012 military mutiny and coup and the takeover of the northern region by Tuareg rebels and Islamic insurgents. At the same time, a major highway was being built through my home village in Quebec and I felt I had come to a crossroad.
The paintings are oracles, inspired by the Tarot playing cards from 14th century Italy that came to be used for divination.
“Divination is applied symbolism which stands or falls on the dependability of what Carl Jung has called synchronicity, a pattern of related chances and meaningful coincidences. Listening to the voice of Nature.” ( A Dictionary of Symbols, Tom Chetwynd, HarperCollins Publishers, 1998)
There are 78 cards in the Tarot deck, 22 Major Arcana, or trump cards and 56 Minor Arcana divided into 4 suits.
Pentacles or Diamonds: Earth, childhood, sensation
Wands or Clubs: Fire, youth, thinking function
Cups or Hearts: Water, manhood/womanhood, feeling function
Swords or Spades: Air, old age, intuition
The Fool is the most powerful card in the deck and represents 0: the unknown and limitless potential. Carpe Diem.
The Magpie in archery is missing the mark and making one’s way inward.
Mirror: 2012/2021. Past mirrors future…