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Open-Handed, Too
I have never been to Hong Kong, but I have looked at many images of the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island. The Big Buddha is particularly interesting because of the view from below the statue. This image of Buddha is depicted in "Abhaya Mudra" which refers to the position of the hands. The right hand, raised with open palm turned outward, partially obscuring the Buddha’s serene face, is a very potent representation of this icon of world religion. I added pink lotuses into the foreground which are symbolic of the Buddha’s realization.
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Open-Handed, Too

Limited Edition Giclée Print $150

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber. It is both acid and lignin free.

Giclées are sold unframed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs for a giclée print are calculated by distance from California and rarely exceed $10.00 when shipped domestically. 8.5% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

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Open-Handed, Too
Watercolor on Paper    18" x 12"
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Gopi Beneath Bodhi Tree
This painting, like "Open-Handed, Too", is inspired by a statue of one of the six attendants to Tian Tan Buddha. She is offering her spiritual master a plate of fruit. She is a "deva", and is depicted in a Buddhist form. Deva, however, is a term that is used in both Buddhism and Hinduism, and so I call her "gopi", referring to the "gopis of Vrindavan", the female devotees of Krishna.
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Gopi Beneath Bodhi Tree

Limited Edition Giclée Print $150

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber. It is both acid and lignin free.

Giclées are sold unframed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs for a giclée print are calculated by distance from California and rarely exceed $10.00 when shipped domestically. 8.5% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Gopi Beneath Bodhi Tree” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Gopi Beneath Bodhi Tree
Watercolor on Paper    18" x 12"
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Garden of Ganesh
Ganesh (or Ganesha) is a Hindu deity that I have loved since I was a child. Elephant-headed deities have a natural appeal, don't you think? He is a remover of obstacles and patron of the arts. I depict this image of Ganesh in his garden. Hibiscus are associated with him, one of his favorite flowers. So, I have placed some in the foreground.
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Garden of Ganesh

Limited Edition Giclée Print $150

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber. It is both acid and lignin free.

Giclées are sold unframed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs for a giclée print are calculated by distance from California and rarely exceed $10.00 when shipped domestically. 8.5% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Garden of Ganesh” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Garden of Ganesh
Watercolor on Paper    18" x 12"
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Rasa Prelude
This painting depicts the Hindu deity, Krishna. The Rasa Leela is the story of Krishna and the gopis, or female cowherds. One night Krishna manifested himself to each of the one hundred and eight gopis individually and was the perfect consort to each. The gopis have not arrived on the scene, and Krishna prepares to call them with his flute.
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Rasa Prelude

Limited Edition Giclée Print $150

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber. It is both acid and lignin free.

Giclées are sold unframed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs for a giclée print are calculated by distance from California and rarely exceed $10.00 when shipped domestically. 8.5% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Rasa Prelude” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Rasa Prelude
Watercolor on Paper    18" x 12"
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Menehune

In my mind I was seeing the image of a sculpture of the Buddha seen from an unusual angle. I was picturing the ear of the Buddha being prominent, with the face obscured by vegetation. I liked the idea of seeing this Buddha as if you were walking through the jungle and came upon it unexpectedly. Soon after this idea formed I went to a family reunion on the island of Kauai. There I spent time walking the island, swimming, paddle boarding, and participating in a traditional luau complete with hula and fire dancers. I reconnected with the place and the people. On the plane ride back to California I started sketching this image of the Buddha, and something of the feeling of old Hawaii came through. When the painting was complete I showed it to an old friend who had lived on Kauai for many years. He suggested the name "Menehune" for the painting. It seemed perfect.

"Hawaiian legend has it that many centuries ago, the Menehune were a mischievous group of small people, or dwarfs, who lived in the forests and valleys of the islands before the first settlers arrived from Polynesia. These Menehune, who roamed the deep forests at night, were said to be about two feet (60cm) tall, though some were as tiny as six inches (15cm), small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. The Menehune have been known to use magic arrows to pierce the heart of angry people, igniting feelings of love instead. They also enjoy cliff diving, and according to local lore, they were smart, extremely strong and excellent craftsmen. They were rarely seen by human eyes, and they are credited with mighty feats of engineering and overnight construction."

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Menehune

Limited Edition Giclée Print $200

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber. It is both acid and lignin free.

Giclées are sold unframed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs for a giclée print are calculated by distance from California and rarely exceed $10.00 when shipped domestically. 8.5% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Menehune
Watercolor on Silk    24" x 18"
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Green Tara

This detail of Green Tara is taken from a photograph of a Nepalese repoussé statue. The metal fabrication, raising, chasing, and engraving work of the Himalayan monks of Tibet and Nepal has always astounded me. They were masters of the highest degree. Yet, they are unknown. Their work is never signed, as they do not work for fame or fortune. Mastering their skills and using them to honor their sacred tradition is their spiritual practice.

Green Tara is a Bodhisattva of compassion and action. She holds a blue lotus as she is associated with the moon and night.

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Green Tara

Limited Edition Giclée Print $100

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber. It is both acid and lignin free.

Giclées are sold unframed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs for a giclée print are calculated by distance from California and rarely exceed $10.00 when shipped domestically. 8.5% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Green Tara” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Green Tara
Watercolor on Paper    12" x 9"
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Open Handed
This painting was inspired during an afternoon at a house near Jenner on the Sonoma coast. I came around the corner of the house to see the sun setting over the ocean. There was a mask hanging on the wall, but the sun was so bright in my eyes I could not discern much detail in the mask, it appeared to be darkened in all the light. The profile of the mask seemed to be peering out over the sea. I liked the vision, so I painted it.
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Open Handed

Limited Edition Giclée Print $200

Giclée prints of original paintings are limited to 54 reproductions.

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber. It is both acid and lignin free.

Giclées are sold unframed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs for a giclée print are calculated by distance from California and rarely exceed $10.00 when shipped domestically. 8.5% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Open Handed
Watercolor on Paper    24" x 18"

Inspiration

in homage to the masters

  • Japanese Screens (Byōbu)
    Japanese Silk Screen Panel showing Red-Crowned Crane in Foreground with gold foil surrounding.

    I have always been impressed by the delicacy and refinement of byōbu, the silk screen paintings done by Japanese masters. They make liberal use of metal foils in many of them, and the effect is beautiful and dramatic. Gustav Klimt, an artist that I also admire, was equally inspired by their use of gold leaf.

    Japanese Silk Screen Panel showing Red-Crowned Crane in Foreground with gold foil surrounding.

    The scenes depicted in the screen paintings are beautifully composed and delicately rendered, a delight to the eye.

    Japanese Silk Screen Panel, floral composition with liberal use of gold foil.
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints (Mokuhanga)
    Mt Fuji Island River, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Mt Fuji Island River 1942 - Hasui

    A few years ago I visited an exhibition of mokuhanga at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. There was a display of one of the creations of the great Hokusai. Each of the carved woodblocks for a single print was displayed in a glass case. I think there must have been 12-15 individual blocks, precisely carved and stained with the pigment that was used on that block. That single image represented the skilled work of numerous people.

    Full Moon in Magome, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Full Moon in Magome - Hasui

    I have loved the "feel" of Japanese woodblock prints, the soft pastels, the beautiful full moon night scenes, and the deep and long perspectives since childhood. Hiroshige first caught my attention, and then Hasui. They are my favorites. But many other woodblock artists have done work that enchants me and inspires my imagination.

    The Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge - Hiroshige
    The Maple Trees at Mama, Tekona Shrine and Tsugi Bridge - Hiroshige
  • Mughal & Rajasthani painting
    Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Prince Khurram by Manohar Das
    Emperor Jahangir weighing his son Prince Khurram - Manohar Das

    Rajasthani and Mughal paintings, particularly of the 17th and 18th centuries are the epitome of romantic art, especially the Kishangarh school paintings. Typically they depict court life during Mughal rule. Although Mughal in style, many of the paintings depict Krishna and Radha, a favorite subject of the era's painters. The tales of Krishna and Radha are the world's greatest love story.

    Full Moon in Magome, Woodblock print by Hasui
    Mughal Miniature Painting

    The Rasa Leela is represented in many paintings of the era. The romance of court life; the beauty, serenity, and peaceful love that is communicated in these paintings is the stuff dreams are made of.

    Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love - Nihal Chand
    Radha and Krishna in the Boat of Love - Nihal Chand
  • Claude Monet
    Water Lilies - Claude Monet

    I was wandering through LACMA one afternoon. I turned a corner and was confronted by a huge canvas of Monet’s Water Lilies. In fact, Water Lilies consumed my entire field of view. It was breathtaking. And, surprisingly, I wept. That is not typical of me, but that is how moved I was by that vision.

    Garden Path at Giverny - Claude Monet

    I was already mesmerized by water before I really noticed Monet’s work. In my early teen years I gained a great appreciation for his use of color and his technique, especially his paintings of his lily ponds.

    Water Lilies 1906 - Claude Monet
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
    Yellow Calla Lily - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Yellow Calla Lily - Georgia O'Keeffe

    O’Keeffe’s watercolors , her close-up paintings of flowers, and the desert landscapes she painted have been an enjoyment that I have returned to throughout my life. She had the knack.

    Pawpaw Tree, Iao Valley, Maui - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Pawpaw Tree, Iao Valley, Maui - Georgia O'Keeffe

    O’Keeffe’s sensibilities and her expressiveness were unique. Her paintings communicate a simple and uncomplicated approach and relationship to her work; that’s what I see in her work. I think that living in New Mexico was a wise choice for her. It allowed her and her art to “flower”.

    Jack In the Pulpit #4 - Georgia O'Keeffe
    Jack In the Pulpit #4 - Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Gustav Klimt
    Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer - Gustav Klimt
    Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer - Gustav Klimt

    Klimt is another painter whose work I fell in love with at first sight. His paintings are so strong and bold, yet delicate and refined, also. Of course, his use of gold leaf set him apart. He tired of being asked to always include it in his commissions, but whether or not he was weary of being constrained he never failed to deliver a beautiful image.

    The Kiss - Gustav Klimt
    The Kiss - Gustav Klimt

    Klimt’s figurative work with the inclusion of bold patterns makes a compelling combination. I have worked with the Neue Galerie in the publication of numerous books and catalogs. Neue represents the best of the 19th and 20th century Eastern European painters, and Klimt is one of them. The association that I have had with Neue Galerie has fanned the flames of my interest in Klimt and many other pre-WWII Eastern European artists. Woman in Gold is a fascinating movie about Klimt's painting, Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer.

    Golden Apple Tree - Gustav Klimt
    Golden Apple Tree - Gustav Klimt
  • Pacific Ocean
    Smithereened - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Smithereened - Nara Pilgrim Wood

    The Pacific Ocean has been a source of wonder and inspiration for my entire life. When I am far away from the ocean I miss it. When I return I can feel the ocean from a hundred miles away. It is a part of my home.

    Everywhere, All At Once - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Everywhere, All At Once - Nara Pilgrim Wood

    The sea is always changing. It is unpredictable; extraordinarily powerful and beautiful, both. It is best to approach the sea humbly, understanding that it, without any intent, can humble you in a moment. The sea requires respect and reminds one of his or her place.

    Rise and Fall - Nara Pilgrim Wood
    Rise and Fall - Nara Pilgrim Wood