Be Watchful. Your Adversary, the Devil, Prowls Around Like a Roaring Lion Seeking Someone to Devour.

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3′ x 4′ (92x122cm) acrylic and mixed media – sold

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Img_031It was believed that if you sat in the center of some prayer rugs, the border would keep you safe from harm. In Be Watchful.  Your Adversary…    images of carpets are torn and mashed in the border in a torrent of paint to show that carpet borders cannot keep one safe. In the center, light glows from a collage of words.

Safety is found in the Word.

Return to Persian Carpet Series. Return to Conceptual.

Un-Tile-d

Un-Tile-d

4’x6′ (122x183cm) acrylic and oil

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Un-Tile-d

The image is meant to be fun–an enormous marble carpet! It looks like firm stone, yet it is soft to the touch. Large enough to stand on, it asks the question: What is your foundation?

The title is a pun. Often, when an artist has no title in mind for a piece, it will be simply labeled “Untitled.” Un-Tile-d is both a play on the word untitled, and it states the tiles are not actual tiles–in so doing, it pays homage to Ceci n’est pas une pipe by Magritte.

Note: this painting can hang vertically or horizontally.

Return to Persian Carpet Series. Return to Conceptual.

Solomon’s Glory

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27″ x 40.5″ acrylic

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Solomon’s Glory

Even King Solomon robed in all his glory, in his man-made splendor, was not adorned with the beauty of what God creates and provides naturally. If God will provide for the lilies, will He not also provide for us?

Following the format of the Persian carpet, the lilies form the center, the greenery of the leaves spread in a border, and the fringe is a delightful mix of lily pistil and stamen. A small band of purple (symbolic color of royalty) surrounds the lilies. An assortment of cut-out clothes embellish the band like hieroglyphs. Each item stands for a letter of the alphabet, and altogether, spell out a phrase.

Return to Border Series. Return to Conceptual.                                              (Inquire about smaller size gicleé.)

M. Herati

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3′ x 5.5′ (92x168cm) acrylic and mixed media

 M. Herati  

Mom always said, “If you want mail, you have to send mail.”

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I love stamps. Each is a mini work of art in its own right. About 3000 stamps from around the world are collaged onto this painting. Pencils have been cut and drilled into the sides. (What a marvelous drawing tool this could be!)

view of pencil edge

view of pencil edge

M. Herati is based on Persian carpets. The border pattern and fringe are a clear indication, but there is more! Herati is a term defining a particular pattern in carpets. Olduz, on the painted 8¢ stamp, refers to an 8-point star design–included on the stamp design. The boteh is an original design in carpets from which the paisley came. The 6¢ stamp reiterates the shape of the boteh in the number 6 as well as by the triangle shape of the stamp.

Return to Persian Carpet Series.

Return to Conceptual.                        (Inquire about smaller size gicleé.)