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Mystic, acrylic and oil on linen, 36"X36" © 1995

Mystic is a portrait of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). This portrait is superimposed on the basic structure of my earlier, geometric Interior Castle (Revisited) painting. Inspired by the writings of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1588), the Interior Castle paintings describe the relationship between the soul and its indwelling-but-simultaneously-all-encompassing God in a systematic, geometric fashion.

Mystic's geometry, on the other hand, is more free-flowing and less systematic. Upon inspection, one can discover many pertinent items surrounding Hildegard. These include her staff, a dove, a feather, a castle, a moon and a star. Such items are partially obscured among other shapes to give a sense of interplay between the hidden and the manifest.

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