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Vertical Fate, acrylic on board on wood, 12 3/4"x14 3/4" © 2001

Foreign Seasons, acrylic on board on wood, 15 5/8"x13 1/2" © 2001 (private collection)

Alternate Views, acrylic on board, 5"x7" © 2001 (private collection)

Vacant Voices, acrylic on wood, 11 1/2"x22 1/2" © 2000 (private collection)

All These Unstoppable Voices, oil on plexiglass, 22"x40" © 1996 (private collection)

The Tigers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction, oil on linen, 40"x30" © 1996 (private collection)

The Tigers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction is taken from William Blake's, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, wherein Blake investigates his notion of "Contraries." In my view, Blake's "Contraries" oppose each other, but they do not negate each other. Interacting simultaneously, in a complementary manner, these Contraries can be seen as giving birth to one another.

Specifically, The Tigers of Wrath are Wiser than the Horses of Instruction is taken from the Proverbs of Hell. A few excerpts from the Proverbs are as follows:

"Prisions are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion."
"The pride of the Peacock is the glory of God."
"Excess of sorrow Laughs. Excess of joy weeps."
"The fox condemns the trap, not himself."
"What is now proved was once only imagined."
"The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow."
"The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction."
"The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion the horse how he shall take his prey."
"The catterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys."

Taming the Beast, oil on linen on wood, 12"x16" © 1996 (private collection)

Hermit's Void; The Celestial Snail, oil on linen, 24"x24" © 1997 (private collection)

Snails lug swirls across lots of night.
Pearls float both on hosts
and rope.

Both split off.

Like pearls floating on rope, riding like wheels;
like lost conversations.

The Crane's Call, acrylic, collage, & oil on linen 36"x36" © 1996 (private collection)

The Crane's Call, was inspired
by the I Ching, Hexagram 61.2:
"A crane calling in the shade.
Its young answers it.
I have a good goblet.
I will share it with you."

"This refers to the involuntary influence of a man's inner being upon persons of kindred spirit. The crane need not show itself on a high hill. It may be quite hidden when it sounds its call; yet its young will hear its note, will recognize it and give answer. Where there is a joyous mood, there a comrade will appear to share a glass of wine.

This is the echo awakened in men through spiritual attraction. Whenever a feeling is voiced with truth and frankness, whenever a deed is the clear expression of sentiment, a mysterious and far-reaching influence is exerted. At first it acts only on those who are inwardly receptive. But the circle grown larger and larger. The root of all influence lies in one's own inner being: given true and vigorous expression in word and deed, its effect is great. The effect is but the reflection of something that emanates from one's own heart. Any deliberate intention of an effect would only destroy the possibility of producing it."

Journey Passages, acrylic, prismacolor, oil crayon and oil on black board, 23"x17 1/2" © 1999 (private collection)

Cat, acrylic on canvas, 15"x26" © 1982, 1991 (private collection)

Woman with Bear and Wolf (Commission), acrylic on hardboard, 20"x16" © 1997

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