Throughout my childhood I had access to many illustrated books about the gods and goddesses of India and the Himalayas. I was also immersed in the art and writings of the ancient sacred traditions of Europe, Africa, and the native peoples of the Americas. I read the stories of the Mahabarata and the Upanishads with as much wonder and delight as I found in the legends and traditions of the Native Americans. I was fortunate to grow up with the paintings and sculpture of these traditions surrounding me. The artwork and stories brought the great beings depicted in them to life. It was almost like I knew them personally. I admired their strength and clarity, I wondered at their feats and failings; their great adventures.
In this series I am portraying these icons of the spiritual traditions. I paint the figures in sumi ink, the simplicity of the black and white lends a purity of form. I paint natural scenes surrounding them, with flowers or other symbolic details that they are associated with.