We know the forces which surround us, as soon as we are able to act, until the end --the beat of our heart, the city breathing, garden dirt, water, fire, a gust of wind, a hand full of stars, and each other, universally. When we look through to the other side, open and meet them, show ourselves to them, take chances with them we make something new. This is true relationship. This is creation.
We are powerful --curious, ambitious, drawn to what is new and unfamiliar. Life craves edges and grows here. It is where new unions are made. So, it is a sacred moment for us to exist together, in this fluid composition of each other. We see our influence, how it affects another across the way. It tunes our senses of collaboration and neighborliness, goes hand-in-hand with democracy and compromise.
Our spirits rise in the presence of the unfamiliar. It is easy to be critical and doubtful here, paralyzed. It is important to see action as part of growth, how clearly our efforts and even our accidents lead to new life.
I paint portraits of our relationships, paintings as outcomes of our intentions, elevating the pictures of our actions together to breathing, living entities.
At the turn of the century a german anthropologist named Adolf Bastian recognized in mythologies and religions, themes and ideas which occurred everywhere, independent of 'geographical provinces'. He called these Elementary Ideas. He developed the concept of the 'psychic unity of mankind' – the idea that all humans share a basic mental framework, which influenced Carl Jung's theories of archetypes and the collective unconscious.