Turtle DreamingIn 1989 I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico determined to succeed is a full time fine artist. I studied Native American philosophy, especially their approach to the creation of Healing Mandalas, and their approach to the world wide concept of "Totem Animals."
Symbol of the World, of the Earth
Ability to stay grounded, even in moments of disturbances and chaos
Slowing down, pacing yourself
Emotional Strength and Understanding
JaguarIn 2013 I was finally ready continue the series and felt a powerful attraction to "Jaguar."
I knew this Mandala would take me deeply into my long-time connection with "Transcendental Dream Time." I now have a deeper and very loving respect for the power of Jaguar-Energy and find we have a great deal in common . . . We are proud and self-contained nocturnal loners and seekers. Jaguar is Beyond FEAR.
SeahorseThis Totem Animal Mandala (Also created in 2013) was a natural for me as I had always been fascinated by the creatures strange, other-worldlyness on multiple levels. I was also wanted to call attention to the quickly disappearing coral reefs including all of the natural flora and fauna.
Dragonfly: IllusionsThis Dragonfly Mandala was created during July and August, 2014. Who isn't fascinated when a live Dragonfly shows up? Just trying to keep your eyes on one is a major challenge. They are so quick in their darting movements you can swear they just disappear. No wonder the Dragonfly is associated with sparkling magic and Illusion.
Change and Transformation
Raven HeartWhile I was living in Santa Fe I experienced numerous uncanny experiences with Ravens. They would consistently go out of there way to deliver very cranky but valuable metaphisical and/or Spiritual messages of a critical but actuate nature. As a result, I see Raven as my most personal Totem Animal.
Keeper Of Secrets
Ram: Gender EnergyWhile living in New Mexico, I fell in love with the Big Horned Sheep (Ram and Ewe) They live (among other places) high in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico and I was able to witness them at work with the help of powerful binoculars. It was spellbinding. This was an obvious choice for my Totem Animal series.
Changes and New Beginnings
Primal Gender Energy
Snake: Skin ChangerI began this Totem Animal Mandala on January 1, 2015; another NEW YEAR Beginning. I had been feeling the need to make some serious internal changes, like uploading an update for some out of date software. SNAKE ENERGY was the answer. This piece took almost four months to complete and it was very effective. In fact I'm still working with this Skin Changing, Healing Energy!
Expansion of Consciousness
Totem Animal Gallery
This Gallery holds an ongoing series of mandalas relating to the ancient tradition of totem animals. While I was living and working in Santa Fe, I studied Native American art and philosophy, and was captured by their concepts of Totem Animals. My first Totem Animal Mandala is entitled "Turtle Dreaming." And I continue to create Totem Animal Mandalas as the individual inspirations surface. I am currently doing research on several interesting animals, including "Owl," "Wolf," and "Bear."