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16 Oct, 2018

Shooting Stars

"There's nightingales calling, shooting stars falling, like jewels in the rain." - David Gray

"Moon dust in your lungs, fire in your eyes, shining brighter than stars, You're a ruler of the skies." - Shreyash Shikhar

Shooting stars are celestial rays of hope. Many people wish upon them and they are often noted as a symbol of good luck.

My painting called 'Shooting Stars' is a compilation of colors bursting into the blackness of the galaxies. Each star is a rocket of wonder; jewels of prospect and expectation. These burning ornaments in the sky have taught me to push forward and continue to shine through the darkness in life.

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19 Sep, 2018

Aurora

“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in contrast.” – Charles Dickens

Nature is a frequent inspiration for my paintings. Whenever I find myself wondering what to paint, I never have to look far to find something intriguing in the world outside my window. I am forever fascinated with the beauty and power of the original creation, and the challenge of expressing my human reaction to this amazing design is both humbling and enlightening.

In my painting Aurora, I celebrate the eternal bond between earth and sky, and seek to blur the boundaries between them. Earth is our home and the sky is our playground. This divine relationship is older than history and shape the fabric of who we are and what we believe. Aurora depicts a loving connection of natural elements and encourages us to create these connections in our souls.

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21 Jul, 2018

Threshold

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath, the door of a vanished house left ajar…” – Margaret Atwood, Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995

This bold painting challenges us to simplify our objectives. The complex essence of sea and sky is set down as two distinct elements. We are immediately drawn to the line that separates them--to the threshold, the place just between. This work strives to delineate this intangible area where nature cannot be broken apart. A finite stripe linking heaven and earth causes us to define our perception of each.

Think of the two elements as your spiritual and practical beings. Can we move easily from our soul’s intention to reality? Can we cross the threshold of our imagination and return to put these ideas to productive use? We must push ourselves to the threshold to discover and fulfill our authentic soul.

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19 Jun, 2018

Grid

“Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.” – Unknown

Whether it is with business relationships or social interactions, networking is a building block of society. A few reasons for making connections would be to learn something new, inspire and help others, or to remind us of what is truly important.

This painting is a powerful display of connection. The invasion of the red paint symbolizes influence and determination as it boldly travels across the canvas to make itself known.

With boldness and a genuine interest in others, making long-lasting connections is easier than you think!

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27 May, 2018

Passage

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” – Pablo Picasso

The above quote is amusing and true. I could say the same thing. I leave it up the viewer to decide what makes sense in my paintings according to their world view. I like to create an atmosphere through my paintings in which the viewer can determine the origin and destination.

This painting 'Passage' appears to have layers leading to a destination of energy and happiness in this nonsensical world. The yellow produces joy and flows through like a geyser, saturating the calmness of the other colors, bringing the sense back into the painting.

Create your passage by designing your happiness to flow through the parts of your life that make no sense.

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22 May, 2018

Cosmos

“I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose.” – R.J. Anderson, Ultraviolet

Finding the meaning of life and why we exist is an integral part of our survival. We will spend a huge portion of our lives searching for our purpose. Maybe we were created to explore that lingering question, “Why am I here?” It certainly will not be solved in a blog or a motivational quote on our favorite social media website. It’s only through a series of life experiences, growth, and the evolution of our souls that we will one day begin to understand why we were born.

The colors in this painting derive from that deep place beyond the Cosmos where the answers are within each of our hearts. Some of us may have it figured out early in our lives and others may take decades. Never stop searching. Ask questions, listen to your soul, and explore the possibilities.

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23 Mar, 2018

Voltage

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

“Without discipline in spiritual pursuits, the central nervous system doesn’t have a chance to adjust and grow with the increased demand. It would be like putting a high voltage into a small bulb – it is bound to explode.” – Sivananda Radha Saraswati

Art is impulsive without apology. It either electrifies or repels. It can influence or evoke resistance. Art is power-driven.

This painting is a captivating study of electricity. A voltage that releases us from the notion of confinement. This piece infuses energy and expresses liberty.

What is something that electrifies you or gets you charged up?

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23 Mar, 2018

Convergence

“In painting you must give the idea of the true means of the false.” – Edgar Degas

This painting speaks to the theme of unifying opposing ideas and concepts. Through the process of convergence, we see that the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. In this painting, Ralph White sought to expand the concept of the spiritual journey beyond the individual to the communal.

Convergence displays a lovely color palette that blends reds, purples and oranges in a harmonious tableau. The colors work together and complement each other. There is a demarcation, however, right down the center of the painting. Careful study reveals that while reds are found on both sides of the painting, purples are relegated to the left and oranges to the right. There are two different forces at work here, both relevant and vital, yet distinctly opposed.

How often in life are we faced with this sort of dichotomy? While we are faithful to our beliefs, we must also find ways to work together to remain productive and not dysfunctional. In this painting, White suggests that divergent beings can remain authentic while blending together to create combined beauty. The trick is in being able to acknowledge and affirm the relevance of each person’s intention. If intentions are honorable, then cooperation can occur.

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21 Jan, 2018

Flashpoint

“But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion.” – Sylvia Plath

“Every life can be learned from, as either a flame of hope or a cautionary flare.” – Richard Paul Evans

Flash point is the moment at which someone or something bursts into action or being, such as an outbreak or flare-up.

This painting is the center of a volcano. The blasts of colors are flares of passion and the emergence of hope as it erupts from your soul.

May you begin to explore the depths of your passions and watch them burst into action this new year.

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21 Jan, 2018

Jungle

“They can put me in a jungle. Still, I can create.” – M. F. Husain

The jungle is a dense labyrinth of overgrown trees and unruly wildlife. It is synonymous with entanglement and puzzling riddles. This painting illustrates a chaparral or thick brush as it consumes its surroundings.

When life bogs you down and you feel as if you were lost in a jungle of fragmented thoughts and feelings, finding your way out can be overwhelming. In those moments you can choose to let it take over or you can create a new atmosphere around you.

Reach for enlightenment this holiday season and give yourself room to breathe.

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