Mill Valley, CA
Visits to ancient Redwood forests restore my psyche and so much more. Being there, I am overtaken by the intense quietness which eventually wraps itself around me and transports me to another place, one of meditative receptiveness and heightened awareness. I can feel the sounds of those who once walked there long before California was California, resound under my feet and fill the air. Ancient voices of souls who once lived their lives, chanted, worked, created art, poetry and dance centuries before I was born are heard. The woods give me the illusion of feeling wiser than I am, of seeing beyond. The ancient voices fill my head and even though I can’t understand the words I can hear the sounds, reminding me that I am a visitor there to listen. The six “Ancient Voices” paintings are my attempt to visualize what these experiences might look like. The painting “Transformation” is about the forest’s perpetual changes and the hope of renewal.