Two Story House

Two Story House 16″ x 19″ acrylic

Two Story House

Physically, this house has one story, not two, but every ‘house’ (circumstance, event, relationship…) has two stories. Your side; my side. The truth, and the ‘truth’ we’d rather have. The truth; the deceit. What to do…what to do…

The suitcase asks, “Coming or going? Escape or fresh start?”

Ruth

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42″ x 48″ acrylic – sold

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Ruth

A commissioned painting.

A literal illustration of the Book of Ruth: the Sansevieria in the window box, or Mother-in-law’s tongue plant, refers to Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth; the wheat stems in the vase show the time is harvest time; the landscape painting on the wall above the spiral staircase refer to the journey taken to go home; the painting of roadways pictures the paths taken; the 2-piece sofa is a nod to Ruth and Boaz, who are in the lineage of Jesus who came as a servant, the footstool.

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He Commanded the Raven to Feed You

24" x 36" acrylic--sold

24″ x 36″ acrylic–sold

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He Commanded the Raven to Feed You

The chair screeches as it scrapes along the floor. The bowl is empty. The candle extinguished. Depression is a terrible and lonely thing.

Yet the dark raven has food in it’s mouth. It brings nourishment to the chair.

Even in the midst of the terrible, good things can happen.

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1,2, What Should I Do? 3,4, Shut the Door.

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40″ x 48″ acrylic – sold

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1,2, What Should I Do? 3,4 Shut the Door.

Often pain becomes so familiar, we begin to see it as a normal ornament in our life (pin cushion on coffee table). The closed lip Painting indicates a preference to ‘not talk about it.’ The best thing, though, is to open the door (talk about it), and let the light in.

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He Said It would Be Easy to Find

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30″ x 30″ acrylic – sold

He Said It Would Be Easy to Find

Where do you search for wealth–in the gems of the world or in the word of scripture?

The snapshot of the gems puts into image the transient nature of hoarding treasures on earth. It contrasts the antiquity of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the eternal nature of treasures stored in heaven.

 

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It’s Your Move

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27" x 26"  mixed media--sold

27″ x 26″ mixed media–sold

It’s Your Move

In the film, The Seventh Seal, a knight plays a game of chess with Death in an attempt to forestall his own demise. This painting pays homage to the film which reminds us that life is finite.

The instructions and game plan are clear. The map is included. The pieces are in place. You decide. What’s your next move?

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D’ya Have the Time?

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5″ x 12″ acrylic – sold

D’ya Have the Time?

How many times has a thought crossed my mind to call someone or do a certain deed? How many times have I simply responded to those thoughts with, “I’m busy now. I’ll do it later”–only to discover that ‘later’ was too late.

Though we may feel we have all the time in the world, a moment will come when it will be too late. This little painting asks the intimate question, “Are you aware of your time?”

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Manna From Heaven

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40″ x 29″ mixed media

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Manna From Heaven

I thought I’d do a great favor for our indoor cat. I planted grass seed in a pot to bring a little of the great outdoors to him. I presented this gift to Gus, the cat, and he promptly walked all over it, lay on it, and crushed the new growth. The seedlings never recovered.

I wonder how many times I’ve unknowingly destroyed a good gift that was given to me.

 

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If I Don’t Have A Key, How Do I Get In?

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30″ x 40″ (76x102cm) acrylic – sold

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 If I Don’t Have a Key, How Do I Get In?

I love doors. They separate, or they invite you in. Here, doors are propped in the field, yet the title asks about a key. How often might we become so blocked by the thought of a closed door, that we don’t realize we need only walk around it to enjoy the cake!

Note: a tiny key is hidden in the border.

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The Great Race

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24″ x 32″ (61x81cm) acrylic – sold

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The Great Race

Many shoes, many walks of life. We all run the race, and we must run it to the best of our ability.

But in the midst of our busy and chaotic lives, we must find time to be quiet and rest.

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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.

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Un-Tile-d

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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.

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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.

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The Great Cover-Up: a.k.a. Hoo-Doo You Think I Am?

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24″ x 30″ (62x76cm) acrylic

This painting, The Great Cover-Up: a.k.a. Hoo-Doo You Think I Am? is a response to the overwhelming adjustment of our recent move from the city with a population of 1.25 million to a little community of about 5500 people.

While paying tribute to the rich fabric of the multicultural heritage of our province through various masks of ethnic origin, I also play with the notion that masks are often used emotionally—“Oh, I’m fine. Yes, I’m adjusting quite nicely.” We carefully construct a personal mask behind which we believe is safety. We guard against vulnerability.

Standing for nearly an eternity, yet by their very nature ever eroding and evolving, the Badlands Hoo-Doos exemplify the paradox that in vulnerability is strength.

Bridging the border image of masks to the Hoo-Doos is a green band in which geometric shapes seem to spell I M O K (“I’m OK”).

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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!)

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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.

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