I have been working on this very personal piece off and on since first touching Oklahoma’s red soil. Experiencing symbols in a canyon full of the dreams of a people in Albuquerque, I was finally inspired to finish it. I believe the veil between waking and dreaming is thinner than we think. The Otherworld of our Ancestors and Spirit waits patiently for us to call upon it. The Gift of Life is to be able to act upon this World. Shamans and Medicine People have shared their visions on rock all over the world.
Embedded in the clay base is local Oklahoma red sandstone and the charcoal of a burnt tree at the base of the cliff at Red Rock Canyon. I have drawn upon my environment and my ancestral history to create this unusual piece that comes from a side of this artist not often shared. I chose the rock art image of the Stag of Lascaux as the centerpiece of this mixed media work. Each element on the piece has personal meaning and the first steps into visually interpreting personal symbols. I believe that dreams are best not related in realistic style. This one will hang on the wall of my studio.
Smooth bark and green leaves
Make the arcs of my Cathedral.
Sparkling streams beneath my feet
Create a mosaic of pebbles.
I pause when the stag calls.
I see the steam from his throat
But he makes no sound.
Darkness descends from the clerestory.
I awaken in liquid moonlight and
Fireflies light like lanterns.
I wash the darkness away and
Step out into the Crossing of the Plains.
The Spring 2012 edition of the on-line literary journal, the Apple Valley Review features my painting, “Waiting” on the cover.