Out of Darkness

My Greatest Teachers

Who would have thought My greatest teachers would be the frailty of my parents and the strength of my sons? The rejection of family, And closed doors of “friends.” The deception and lies of those I thought to be sincere, And sharp criticism of those that hold faults of their own. Through rejection I have […]

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A New Year

The New Year is here yet again…….. With enthusiasm and hope I turn my sights to this new beginning and all the wonderful opportunities before me. This is a poem I wrote a few years back on Resolutions. I hope that it resonates with you. Blessings…….. Resolutions A Christmas come and gone once more… Another […]

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“A Poem of Hope”

My paintings are much more than a stylized rendition of a particular seashell or seascape. I very often strive to communicate to the viewer a state of mind, a stillness of mind, a peace that can be found by the sea. I wonder why so many people who choose to vacation or live on the […]

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A New Year.

Blessings to you all as we begin a New Year. I am filled with hope and optimism for our world and all who inhabit this beautiful place. Yet, according to the ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Mayans, Nostradamus, the Book of Revelations and other sources, 2012 will be the end of time either altogether or at the […]

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“A Bliss”

A Bliss 11/11/11 There is laughter now In this modest home. Simple pleasures abound As they always have Yet now they are cherished. There is a hope for the future. A confidence. When before the future did not exist In my mind There was today and yesterday Nothing more. A paralysis. A void. No concept […]

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“The Persistence of Light”

The Persistence of Light The Light of the Heavens Break through the storm clouds Shining through the dense darkness A white light. The reflections, an analogue of the seekers Wishing, manifesting, willing. The Light of the Heavens Shining down through the darkness of thought To the body which, so like our seas Are many droplets, […]

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Light Reflects

Often a poem will come to me while I am painting. The poem a direct result of the deeper thoughts that I am striving to express through the painting. Other times a poem of mine will be inspired by a painting or a series of paintings, after they are complete. Such was the case with […]

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New Year “Resolutions”

Resolutions A Christmas come and gone once more… Another year of one’s own lore, To contemplate and create anew… The coming year’s resolves, a few. To write upon the weary pages, Of one’s own heart, alive yet faded. Resolutions made and lost, Triumphs yes, disappointments, cost. To look at one’s own life and see The […]

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Bridging Emotion and Realism

Bridging the realism and the emotion I feel when I hold a shell, this is my challenge.
If it is painted too realistically, it often results in a piece that does not express the magic
that I see. Yet, if a piece is painted with too much emotion, the realism is not sufficient to communicate to the viewer what there is to cherish in so common an object as a simple shell.
The same holds true for all of my work. There is so much natural beauty in so many places,
even still. If only people would slow down enough to really see.

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Saturday Morn.

I was inspired to begin another in the “Schoolhouse Beach” series by a friend who suggested I paint this beach more realistically. Though I have been commissioned to do several before Lori’s was started, I have done them all (a total of  7 now) with a lot of color added to the white rocks that […]

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