Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spirit of the Woods

"Spirit of the Woods" monoprint with gold leaf,  8 3/4 x 25 in.













My Monoprint “Spirit of the Woods” shows at Roby King Gallery, November 3-27, 2017, when Denise Kester and I exhibit our personal interpretations of myth in print and paint.

 My work is about the myths I’ve been exploring: vegetative deities like Europe's “Green Man”, Japan’s “Kodama” and the Greek myths about Goddesses Demeter and Persephone.

I grew up on the high plains of northwestern Kansas.  Demeter would be at home there where grain (wheat and corn) rules, but unless they are planted and nurtured, trees there are rare.  Perhaps that is why I've always recognized what is special and sacred in trees and why I am drawn to these ancient vegetative stories that exist across cultures.

"The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings."  -   Buddhist Sutra 

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