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Modern Mythic Symbols
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Dance of the Planet Tenders, 1984 Medium: acrylic on canvas board 24”x30”
Archetype, 1986 Medium: alkyd on canvas board 14”x30”
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Dance of the Planet Tenders, 1984 Archetype, 1986 Dream Path, 1986 Flight of Fancy, 1979
Dream Path, 1986 Medium: acrylic on canvas board 24”x30”
Flight of Fancy, 1979 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 11”x14”
Flower to Planet, 1986 High Above, 1979
Flower to Planet, 1986 Medium: alkyd on canvas board 24”x32”
High Above, 1979 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 11”x14”
Imaginations of Flight, 1980
Imaginations of Flight, 1980 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 24”x30”
Interlude at Another Level, 1981
Interlude at Another Level, 1981 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 15”x20”
Mandlebrot Butterfly, 1994
Mandelbrot Butterfly, 1994 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 24”x30”
Metropolitan Networks, 1979
Metropolitan Network, 1979 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 15”x20”
Nature's Navigators, 1980
Nature’s Navigators, 1982 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 20”x30”
Planet Growers, 1984
Planet Growers, 1984 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 15”x20”
Prsence, 1982
Presence, 1982 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 11”x14”
Transmigration, 1979
The Re-Entry of Ramsey, 1980 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 18”x24”
The Re-Enetry of Ramsey, 1980 Transmigration, 2004
Transmigration, 1979 Medium: acrylic on illustration board 15”x20”
Transmigration, 2004 Medium: digital 5400x3600 pixels
I think understanding the power of myth, of embracing the interpretations we create that help explain the underlying structure of our universe is an essential step every civilization must embark on. All civilizations from every time frame must develop their own customized collection of “myths” to better reflect contemporary issues. Civilizations also change over time. Their “myths” much subsequently change to better reflect contemporary concerns. If we do not embrace the power of mythology in our lives we lose an important part of what makes us human. We can not escape the power of mythology in our lives. If we deny the fact that we all are deeply affected by the power of mythology the underlying power of mythology will inject itself into our lives anyway, and often in unexpected and occasionally adverse ways. If we allow that to happen we become vulnerable to the possibility that the “myths” we refuse to recognize as such will be reinterpreted as fundamental fact. Unrecognised mythology can then transform into dogma. Unrecognised mythologies no longer serve us. We end up serving the whims of the very mythologies we refuse to to take responsibility for having created in the first place. It’s best to be a co-participant in the making of our own mythologies. It’s is also a good idea to occasionally revise them to better reflect contemporary concerns. Click on any image will start a slide show of all paintings from this page. Individual images will be displayed 10 seconds before moving on to the next one.