Painter of the mystical, otherworldly, sensual, and whimsical.

I'm a painter living and working in the beautiful finger-lakes region of Western New York State. I am also an avid gardener and nature lover, so the lush green rolling hills, gentle streams, and majestic lakes that surround my home in this world often appear in the fantasy worlds of my paintings.

Many of the pieces draw inspiration from folk tales, myths and legends. These "teaching tales" were what drew us together around our hearth-fires for centuries, and I believe those stories still carry power.

I enjoy looking at these ancient tales, through my eyes, and painting what I see, no matter if it's beautiful or disturbing. But what's more fun is when others can see those same paintings and find something within of value that speaks to their soul directly. I do not plan for this, but am honored when it happens, and, oh, yes, do love hearing about it every time that it happens. It reminds me that maybe we are not so different after all.

Glad to meet you, and please enjoy the paintings!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Gospel of Thomas

When you click on the links in the article, they brings you to transcripts of both "the Gospel" and "The Acts" of Thomas.  The gospel isn't really much longer than a pamphlet, and the entire "Acts of" wouldn't stretch longer than a novella. Given the amount of trouble and controversy this legendary Gnostic text has generated across the last 2000+ years, it seems to me to be fairly light reading.

The Kingdom of God is within You - Luke17:21: The Gospel of Thomas in Aramaic / Syriac, 37 AD

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