THE SACRED CIRCLES

 

I began to draw and paint the eight interlaced circles after I saw them on new missals in a church. I was attracted to the design and the organizing pattern. I paint them as thin lines or focus on the circles' centers. They are painted with the colors of nature: flora, land, sea and sky. I then started to play with omitting parts of the circles and have found the possibilities are endless. 

 

Drawing and painting the circles calms me and brings me to a meditative place. They free me to paint without regard to representation – only the pattern and color matter. Whatever unrest I’m feeling the circles have become another form of contemplation for me. Recently I found a new purpose as I create them. I keep a prayerful intention for a person, a country, or a disturbance of any kind as I work. As I painted the landscape colors I prayed for the environment and the people who work the land, those trying to save the land, and for those who need to become aware of what we’re losing.

I have discovered – as people throughout the centuries have – that the divine design of sacred geometry has been, and will continue to be a center of peace for people amid the chaos and uncertainty of the times. My hope is to extend a moment of peace to the viewer as they contemplate the colors and the calming of the circles.

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B+W Circle I, ink + black marker on paper

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B+W Circle II, ink + black marker on paper

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B+W Circle–Partial, ink + black marker on graph paper

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Rainbow Circle, watercolor on handmade recycled Indian cotton paper

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Blue Circle, watercolor on handmade recycled Indian cotton paper

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Blue Circle, partial, watercolor on handmade recycled Indian cotton paper

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Sky, Land + Sea I, oil on gessoboard, 10" x 10"

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Sky, Land + Sea II, oil + acrylic on prepared paper mounted on panel, 10" x 10"

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Sky, Land + Sea III, oil + acrylic on prepared oil paper mounted on panel, 10" x 10"

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Sunset Along Long Island Sound, oil + acrylic on prepared oil paper mounted on panel 10" x 10"

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Sea + Sky, oil + acrylic on prepared oil paper mounted on panel, 10" x 10"

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Forsythias, oil on prepared oil paper

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Spring, oil on prepared oil paper

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Windy Day, oil on prepared oil paper

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Shell, oil on prepared oil paper
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Summer Greens, oil on prepared paper

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