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Sub Rosa


Sub Rosa, The Secret Sub Rosa, an explanation of the titles’ relationship to Rosicrucian and Golden Dawn symbolism and philosophy. Sub Rosa, The Secret, oil on wood, 12 inches by 12 inches, 2020. The painting was created using the same technique as that of Blue Dream Sub Rosa “beneath the rose” to speak in confidence. Through its promise of secrecy, a rose carved or hung above a council meeting table symbolized the freedom to speak candidly and freely without fear of repercussions. The background of the painting depicts this flower of secrecy, the rose. The rose is also a prime […]

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Portrait Blue Dream


Portrait Blue Dream Portrait Blue Dream, oil on wood, 12 inches by 12 inches, 2020 The painting was created by covering the whole surface in blue paint and then removing paint with a rag to reveal the image. Final detailing was executed with a brush. Portrait Blue Dream is from a series of paintings depicting the phenomena of spirit evocation. See A Spirit. and The Religion of Dream The painting falls under the general heading Fin de Siecle which is a French phrase meaning ‘end of century’ and is applied specifically as a historical term to the end of the […]

Skein of the Dream Weaver


Skein of the Dream Weaver: The Labyrinthine Domain of Hypnos Dreaming sleep, the realm of Hypnos, whose influence upon us is to release healing vibrations,stimulating resolution of our conflicts.  This consequence is symbolically represented in the foreground of the painting by poppy pods whose exhaling breath of lustrous trance inducing vibrations is the vehicle of restitution. The poppies symbolize the healing balm of natural pharmaceuticals. When controlled, they provide relief from pain and suffering in contradiction to our loss of will through falling victim to their addictive qualities. The dream weaver background landscape depicts the electro magnetic soup of the […]

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Dreaming Hypnos


Dreaming Within the Fields of Hypnos Dreaming Within the Fields of Hypnos, oil on wood in frame, 28.5 inches by 14.75 inches. including frame, 31.25 by 17.5 inches.  Original painting available from Saatchi Art. The background of the painting provides a medium for dream evocation within the viewer. The whole painting can be summed up as a transportation device. A transportation device to delve into the inner canyons of one’s mind. Hypnos the Greek God of Sleep Hypnos first appears in mythology in the works of one of the earliest Greek poets, Hesiod (lived around 700 BC), where Hypnos (Sleep) […]

Prometheus Cain,Consciousness and the Wrath of God


Prometheus Cain and Wrath of God Prometheus Cain Consciousness and the Wrath of God, Oil on canvas, 72 inches by 36 inches, 2010  Buy Original Painting from Saatchi Art My painting looks at the mythological dynamic from two perspectives.  It is illustrating the phenomena of enlightenment being shared prior to the punishment being executed. From the Greek perspective it is the agent of enlightenment to man, Prometheus,who is the one suffering the wrath of the Gods. In the Jewish/Christian philosophy it is the receiver of enlightenment, Eve, who suffers the wrath of God. In the background is Zeus looking down from his domain […]

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To Really See Art Exhibit


Art Exhibit To Really See Closes August 13th Art exhibit closing. I currently have two pieces on display at the University of Minnesota Bio Medical Lab Library as part of the Avivo exhibition To Really See. Show closes on Monday August 13th, 2018 Overview This run with the University of Minnesota presents over thirty pieces of art. It shows at the Bio-Medical Library until August 13th, 2018. The exhibition is a project curated by Jes Reyes, the Coordinator of Avivo’s ArtWorks program, and co-organized by Paul Ranelli, a Professor of Social Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. […]

Mystery is Energy


Sphinx, Mystery is Energy Sphinx, Mystery is Energy, a life journey. Oil on canvas, 48 inches by 72 inches, 2010  Buy Original Painting from Saatchi Art She  expresses Mystery is Energy and when she loses her mystery she dies. Represents also the mystery of  our life journey. In the back ground is written the riddle of the Sphinx, in jumbled Greek letters, and in the foreground are the dead bodies of her previous lovers. The aesthetic comes to her passively in contemplation and she meets him as dynamic energy  issuing from this contemplation. She confronts us to make us think, to find answers […]

Sphinx, oil on canvas, 72 inches by 48 inches by Minneapolis visual artist Roger Williamson

Orpheus Eurydice


Orpheus Eurydice: Don’t Look Back Orpheus Eurydice, Oil on canvas, 36 inches by 72 inches, 2011 Buy original painting from Saatchi Gallery The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice and her attempted return from the underworld. While walking in tall grass at her wedding, Eurydice was set upon by a satyr.  In her efforts to escape the satyr, Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers and suffered a fatal bite on her heel. Her body was discovered by Orpheus who, overcome with grief, played such sad and mournful songs that all the nymphs […]

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Sun Enters Gemini, Tarot Card Lovers


Sun Enters Gemini, Tarot Card Lovers Gemini Sun tarot card Lovers represents  the duality of our brain on the point of becoming conscious. The duality of the brain is illustrated by the union of the Maiden and the Serpent. The figure descending from the sky is the appearance of human consciousness, self awareness. Inspiration for my depiction of the Lovers card came from Paolo Uccello’s  painting of Saint George and the Dragon. On first view, of Paolo Uccello’s painting it appears the male hero is liberating the maiden from the dragon.  However, on closer scrutiny,  it can be seen that the maiden holds and […]

Taurus Sun Hierophant


Taurus Sun Hierophant Taurus Sun Tarot Hierophant represents a quality within us that registers an awareness of phenomenon. It is not the elucidation of the phenomenon but the bringing to our attention that there is something of which we are not cognizant. Admitting we are in the dark about a subject is our door to learning about it. Overcoming fear to enter the dark is our next step on the path to cognition of the paradox. See Tarot Hermit and Tarot Devil In the foreground of the card the scroll of life unfolds and as it does so the Duat, symbolic of […]

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