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Image of Nara tossing water from a bucket onto a canvas, mimicking painting water.

I have been painting water for my entire life. Water is forever changing, and so is my approach to painting it...sometimes bird's-eye view, sometimes fisheye's-view. I like to catch the sunlight and moonlight on the water using gold and silver leaf. I like being figurative and fantastic, but I like to reflect the subtleties of realism in the water, also. I love watching the surf roll in on the beach or crash against coastal rocks throwing a rainbow of spray. I never tire of looking at the sunlight on the water, nor the moonlight for that matter. The Water Ways Series is about the ways I paint water.

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Da Love-Ananda Mahal

This is a painting of Da Love-Ananda Mahal, the hermitage retreat sanctuary of Adi Da Samraj, on the island of Kauai. The property is at the base of Mt. Waialeale, a sacred mountain to the Hawaiian people, whose name means “rippling water” or “overflowing water”. It is the second tallest peak on Kauai, rising up to 5,000 feet. It is one of the wettest places on Earth. Waterfalls descend from the mountain and merge to form the beginning of the Wailua River. The sanctuary sits just above the river, you can hear the pounding and churning of the water from the grounds. This painting shows the top of the Dome Temple surrounded by lush foliage and trees. The mountain stands strong behind it, as water rises up as mist, and waterfalls descend into the river. The top of the mountain is often covered in clouds, but I wanted the full mountain to be seen, with the full moon shining just above the peak of it. There is great mana (or power) in this place. The feeling of the sanctuary and the mountain was of primal importance to me while I painted this.
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Da Love-Ananda Mahal
Framed Watercolor on Paper
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$300

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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Da Love-Ananda Mahal
Watercolor on Paper     18" x 24"
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Garland of Whales

On the night of Bhagavan Adi Da Samraj’s Mahasamadhi , His transition from the body, I was overcome with emotion. My Guru was no longer physically here in this world. This was devastating to me, and I longed to be with Him. I fell asleep briefly and had a powerful dream. I was flying over the island of Naitauba in Fiji, Adi Da’s principal home. At first I was flying very high so that I could see the whole island below me. Then I swooped down closer in to the island, at the level of the cliffs. I was flying clockwise around the perimeter of the island. The wind was blowing hard, trees were bending and the air felt wild around me. The ocean was churned up, waves were moving in every direction outside the protective reef. I saw many sharks and whales swimming around Naitauba. I sensed that they were there for a purpose. I flew all the way around the island, then I woke up.

I arrived on Naitauba two days later. I found out from the Fijians that it is traditionally understood that when the Tui (or Fijian Chief) dies the sharks come to the island to pay their respect to the Tui. When I heard this I felt that my dream had not been a dream at all. I felt that I had actually been there witnessing that moment . This painting is an illustration of what I saw, the image and the feeling of it was so impactful to me that it was easy to remember. Turaga Dau Loloma Vunirarama is Adi Da’s Fijian name.
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Garland of Whales
Framed Watercolor on Paper
$2500
To see Garland of Whales mounted in its frame click here.
Limited Edition Giclée Print
$300

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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

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Garland of Whales
Watercolor on Paper     21" x 29"
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Pilgrimage

This is the way that the sky looked on the nights after Adi Da’s Mahasamadhi. In the boat laden with devotees from all over the world, this sky drew us through the reef to Naitauba. The crescent moon was hanging in the sky over the island, with two stars positioned above it. The light from the moon danced brightly over the calm waters. It was a beautiful and most unusual constellation, one that was impossible to miss. I made this painting as a way of honoring that moment, the pilgrimage to Naitauba. Then the pilgrimage to the Brightness , to offer Him gifts there and sit in attendance at His burial site. It was a time that was a mixture of sadness, raw emotions, heart openness, celebration, and letting go. The empty boat symbolizes His departure from this physical world, I draped a Fijian salu salu over the boat as an offering to Him. The sky I painted exactly as I remembered it. You can see the tip of the island and the beach that welcomes the arriving boats.
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Pilgrimage
Framed Watercolor on Paper
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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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

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Pilgrimage
Watercolor on Paper     18" x 24"
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Tunitas

This is a special place, close to my heart. When I go there I feel the power of nature, the connectedness of all of life. The cliffs are very tall, rising straight up from the beach. There is a wildness to the place, an untouched quality. After one of my visits to this beach I drove to a lookout spot above it. There I found an old piano placed on the edge of the cliffs. I sat down and played for a few minutes in that most unlikely situation. It was humorous and delightful to hear the sounds of the old piano floating out over the cliffs above the ocean.
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Tunitas
Framed Original Watercolor
$1,500
The framed original of “Tunitas” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Tunitas
Watercolor on Paper    15" x 22"
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Aspens

One winter we took the train from California to Chicago, and headed back west in a car. We decided to take a scenic route through the Rocky Mountains, making our way at a leisurely pace on smaller two-lane roads. It was snowing, the snowflakes that fell piled up on the already laden mountains and trees. There was no one else out on the road, the conditions being what they were. It was quiet, the sound dampened down by the fresh fallen snow. The aspen trees stood out in bold lines of white with black linear accents. There many stands of them, swaths of living sculpture that stood out against the white snow drifted-hills. It was spectacular. As the day move to night we were spectators to a sunset of bright pink and yellow, with tinges of blue. The light danced off the surface of the snow, adding to the grandeur of the scene.
With these images in mind I painted “Aspens”. I wanted to convey the beauty and the stillness that I had seen and felt in this winter drive.
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Aspens
Framed Original Watercolor
$2,500
The framed original of Aspens is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.

Aspens is painted on sheer silk and floated off the back of the frame. The frame is constructed of spalted maple and blue mahoe with sterling silver hardware. Decorative paper backs the painting.

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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Aspens
Watercolor on Silk    Painting 18.5" x 14"    Frame 29" x 19.5"
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Coral Sea, Coral Sky

I wanted to give you the feeling of what it is like to be walking through a dense tropical forest in the evening. You are walking along a path towards the surf and it is quite dark, there are trees and dense vegetation, you hear crickets and an occasional bird call. You walk through an opening in the trees, and suddenly, there is the setting sun. The sky, clouds, and surface of the ocean are brilliant with light and color.
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Coral Sea, Coral Sky
Framed Original Watercolor
$3,500

"Coral Sea, Coral Sky" is painted on sheer silk and floated off the back of the frame. The frame is made of coco bolo and ebony with sterling silver hardware. Decorative paper backs the painting.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Limited Edition Giclée Print
$200

"Coral Sea, Coral Sky" is painted on sheer silk and floated off the back of the frame. The frame is made of coco bolo and ebony with sterling silver hardware. Decorative paper backs the painting.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please get in touch via email before purchasing so that packing/delivery charges can be calculated for your location.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Coral Sea, Coral Sky
Watercolor on Silk    Painting 17" x 23.5"    Frame 29.5" x 34"
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Divine Abode

This painting depicts the roofline of Adi Da’s house at the Matrix on the island of Naitauba. This is the view from standing inside the courtyard looking towards the ocean and the setting sun. I lived there at the Matrix and served Adi Da. I can remember how it felt to be there in the evenings. His house would be lit softly, light glowing out from the sliding screen doors on three sides of His bedroom. Only a few other lights from the bures lit up the far hillside. The air moist with salt and the dissipating heat of the day, the often wild wind calm. At these times I felt a real peacefulness, both in the natural environment and in me. I felt like I was home.
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Divine Abode
Framed Watercolor on Paper
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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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

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Divine Abode
Watercolor on Paper     13" x 24.5"
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Mayacamas Autumn

I was hiking the Mount St Helena trail in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park in Sonoma County. It was a late September afternoon, and I came upon a Manzanita that seemed to be glistening in the light of the low-hanging sun. In order to represent the moment I felt it necessary to accentuate the sky with multi-colored metal leaf. I chose to paint the Manzanita branch without sunlit highlights so as the keep the colors vibrant against the yellow background.
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Mayacamas Autumn
Framed Original Watercolor
$1,500

"Mayacamas Autumn" is framed in a gold wooden frame. A textured hand-made paper surrounds the painting.

To see Mayacamas Autumn in its frame click here.
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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Mayacamas Autumn
Watercolor on Paper     Painting 18" x 23"    Frame 25" x 30.5"
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On the Mountain Pass

One winter we took the train from California to Chicago, and headed back west in a car. We decided to take a scenic route through the Rocky Mountains, making our way at a leisurely pace on smaller two-lane roads. It was snowing, the snowflakes that fell piled up on the already laden mountains and trees. There was no one else out on the road, the conditions being what they were. It was quiet, the sound dampened down by the fresh fallen snow. The aspen trees stood out in bold lines of white with black linear accents. There many stands of them, swaths of living sculpture that stood out against the white snow drifted-hills. It was spectacular. As the day move to night we were spectators to a sunset of bright pink and yellow, with tinges of blue. The light danced off the surface of the snow, adding to the grandeur of the scene.

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On the Mountain Pass
Framed Original Watercolor
$1,200

"On the Mountain Pass" is painted on sheer silk and floated off the back of the frame. The frame is constructed of spalted maple and blue mahoe with sterling silver hardware. Decorative paper backs the painting.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please get in touch via email before purchasing so that packing/delivery charges can be calculated for your location.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

On the Mountain Pass
Watercolor on Silk    Painting 19" x 11"    Frame 28" x 18"
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Qaravi Sunset

Sunsets in Fiji are spectacular. On the island of Naitauba there is a beach below the village that has a nightly show of every type of sunset. I sat on this beach many times, eating my dinner, and watching the sunset. It never failed to awe me. In this painting I wanted to convey the vivid colors as they actually appear there. I painted this on silk, which does not absorb color as easily as paper. It required many layers of watercolor to get the depth and intensity of color that I wanted.
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Qaravi Sunset
Framed Watercolor on Paper
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Limited Edition Giclée Print
$250

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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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Qaravi Sunset
Watercolor on Silk    14" x 32.5"
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Radiance

This is a painting of Adi Da’s house at the Matrix on the island of Naitauba. The cove there is spectacular, clear waters with a gentle tide that comes in to a curved beach. The house looks out over a wide view of the Pacific, with the neighboring islands small and distant at the horizon line. This place is very special to me. Some of the happiest moments of my life happened here. The sunsets are over-the-top dramatic and colorful, this is the way it often looks there. The time of day is just after sunset, when things get quiet and the fruit bats fly out from a tree on the hillside to begin their evening.
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Radiance
Framed Original Watercolor
$1,500

Radiance is mounted in an anodized aluminum frame with decorative hand-made paper matting.

To see Radiance mounted in its frame click here.

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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Radiance
Watercolor on Paper     15" x 23"
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Wailua Dream

I dreamed that I was flying up a river with rocky green cliffs rising up on either side. I was flying close to the water, about halfway up the cliff walls. The river was a lively green-blue water that rushed with a burbling, jumping, splashing sound. I felt absolutely natural in flight, I was zooming around the bends in the river canyon with ease. The feeling was one of freedom and exhilaration. I had the sense that this was the Wailua river in Kauai, Hawaii. I was seeing it in a way that I had never seen it before, as a bird, rather than a pedestrian. I woke up from this dream in the middle of the night. I immediately sketched the scene of the dream before I forgot it. In the morning I began to paint the dream. The feeling of the river flight was fresh, and the painting flowed easily. Dreams have always been important to me, for inspiration and discovery. Flying dreams most of all.
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Wailua Dream
Framed Original Watercolor
$1,800

Wailua Dream is painted on sheer silk and floated off the back of the frame. The frame is made of quilted maple, and bocote with sterling silver hardware set with chrysoprase. Decorative paper backs the painting.

To see Wailua Dream in its frame click here.

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, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Giclées are sold unframed, but I am happy to frame your giclées for you if you like. Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Purchases/Shipping

Purchases are processed through PayPal. If you prefer another payment method please contact me to make arrangements.

8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

Shipping charges for giclées are added during PayPal checkout and are $15 for the contiguous 48. If you live in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else on earth please contact me before making a purchase so that your preferred shipping arrangements can be made.

Shipping charges for framed originals and giclées vary widely. Please contact me before purchasing so that we can discuss packing and shipping to your location.

Wailua Dream
Watercolor on Silk    14" x 17"