‘GOLDEN TARAS’ 50″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas. Tara, the goddess of universal compassion and the mother of liberation, represents enlightened action. Tara was born out of tears of compassion. Avalokiteshvara looked upon the world of suffering and wept. One Tara was born from the tears of the left eye and the other from those of the right. Together they symbolize unending compassion, laboring day and night to relieve suffering.
‘KALI MA’ 60″ x 50″, acrylic on canvas. Kali Ma, divine warrior, destroyer of evil forces, speaks truth to ego, shattering the illusion of a self-centered view of reality. The intent of capturing the strength and power of this super heroine against the massive optimistic blue sky is to invoke the omnipresent power force found in todays global female leaders.
‘YEMAYAH’ 56” x 36”, acrylic on linen. Yemayah represents fecundity and the vastness of motherhood. As the giver of life she is strong and nurturing, yet furiously protective and destructive. Brought to the New World by the Yoruba people of Nigeria, she has been venerated for centuries as Protectress during the middle passage of slavery. Yemayah exemplifies active feminine energy, the very source of all life, the power of the ocean, the fury of destruction and is the agent of all change.
‘CHANDI: MY HEART BURNS’ 52″ x 28″. As the male gods became impotent during a long battle with the asuras their energies combined to create a supernova, Chandi, who slayed the demons. Chandi projects an overwhelming omnipotence, the most spectacular of all personifications of cosmic energy. Chandi is the angry, terrible and passionate one, violent and impetuous. Chandi bestows disaster as well as joy, riches, children and cures disease.
’MIELIKKI’ 40″ x 30″ oil on canvas. Finnish goddess Mielikki is the protectress of the forests and all who dwell there. This goddess environmentalist looks after the vast network of lifeforms that give life as well as those who walk the forests to hunt small game, graze cattle and gather mushrooms and berries. Mielikki, a skillful healer of animals and a master of healing herbs, will also help humans if they know well enough to ask.
‘DURGA’ 54″ x 34″, acrylic on canvas in handmade walnut and copper frame, private collection. Durga represents the empowering and protective nature of motherhood.
‘PARVATI: UNDER THE FICUS’, 54″ x 26″, private commission.
Parvati, goddess of love, fertility and devotion, is recreative energy and power and the cause of bond that connects all beings. She is the voice of encouragement, reason, and freedom, as well as of resistance, power, action and retributive justice. This paradox symbolizes her willingness to adapt as the universal mother. Parvati’s numerous aspects reflect the Hindu belief that the feminine has universal range and her gender is not a limiting condition.
‘DAIVIKA APSARA’ 60″ x 28″, acrylic and heavy impasto oil on canvas. Daivika Apsara are divine ethereal female beings who inhabit the skies and are often depicted as taking flight. They are youthful, elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. Apsaras are sometimes compared to the muses of ancient Greece or seen as sensual supernatural female beings sent to distract a sage from ascetic practices.
‘LAUKIKA APSARA’ 60″ x 28″, acrylic with heavy impasto oil on canvas. Laukika Apsara are worldly female spirits who are are youthful, elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. Apsaras are sometimes compared to the muses of ancient Greece or seen as sent to distract a sage or spiritual master from his ascetic practices.
‘VAJRAYOGINI: GOT TO BE REAL’ 58″ x 38″, acrylic on canvas. Vajrayoginī is inarguably the supreme deity of the Tantric pantheon. No male Buddha, approaches her in metaphysical or practical import. She can transform mundane daily experiences into higher spiritual paths. Vajrayoginī’s practice is said to be well-suited to those with strong desirous attachment, and to those living in the current “degenerate age”.
‘SHEKHINAH’ 36″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas, private collection.
Shekhinah, the ‘dweller within’, is the mystical embodiment of the feminine and the earth-centered presence of god. Although Shekhinah embodies joy she is a symbol of shared suffering and empathy for all the hurts of the world especially those in exile. Shekhinah is a reminder that there is no division between us or between creation and divinity.
‘HESTIA’ 36″ x 24″, acrylic on raw linen, private collection.
Hestia is the goddess of the hearth and the right ordering of domesticity, the family and the state. The community and state are sacred to Hestia and she was served by the most powerful state officials. Her presence is essential for warmth. She watches over the ember that connects all hearth fires, binding together, even those distant, within a form of extended family.