Unconscious imagery frequently “pops
into” my head or appears in paintings as imagery unintentionally
(unconsciously) placed there. Occasionally it will even manifest in
physical form. This imagery can be baffling at the time it appears,
but I’ve learned that, like dreams, it has been given to me by the
unconscious as a learning tool. The only way to understand this
imagery, although it might not be fully understood, is to do a
rendering of it. The conscious ego will want to take control of the
process, but it must not be allowed to do so. Through rendering the
imagery, a dialogue opens between conscious and deeper unconscious,
and much can be learned, if the conscious ego is willing to listen.
The learning is always directed to the evolution of the spiritual
Self. Although this imagery was directed toward my particular
evolution, others have found it beneficial as well. The imagery
comes from a collective Mind, and is useful to all.
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Light Encounter 3, Oil on Canvas 14 x 18
Oil on Canvas 11 x 14
these images appeared sideways in the water in the painting “Gems of
Detachment.” I have no idea where the title “No, Wait” came from.
Someone described it as “a cocktail party with weird characters.”
Sounds good to me.
Oil on Canvas
14 x 18
“Parastensla” was created while fooling around with a palette knife.
The title is an anagram. While being created, it took on a
resemblance of the work of a well-respected friend
Oil on Canvas 8 x 10
Spontaneously created; evolved into a serpent-like image with shapes
resembling sensory organs – ear, eye, and lips. Someone appears to
be photographing the images through an irregularly-shaped window to
The image originally appeared in the painting titled “Light
Encounter.” The face looks intently and fearfully at something,
unaware of the brilliant light. From the depicted soul’s
perspective, this could represent the need to integrate (dark) left
and (light) right brain activity. It could also represent attachment
to the physical world.
Climb from Duality
One of the most baffling images when it appeared, the significance
was clear after it was rendered. The huge checkerboard platform
alternates dark and light, symbolizing vibration, the true nature of
Beneath this vibration is where we are convinced that we live. The
tallest of the skyscrapers above the dense fog symbolize some of
humankind’s proudest material accomplishments, which look small and
insignificant far below the platform. Blocked by the ego-clouded fog, we
are unaware until we begin the long climb away from the physical,
through spiritual effort, symbolized by the ascending ladder. Then
we see the alternating pattern; the illusory nature of vibratory
But seeing the vibratory nature of creation from the surface of the
platform still does not signify the end of the search, for one must
then look into the distance to see that the checkerboard design
disappears and the opposites merge, symbolizing that as one’s
(spiritual) vision expands, he/she sees unity, or absoluteness, in
Pastel and Ink/Private Collection
This was the first rendition of Maya, initially done without the
celestial background, lights, and aura. Maya has been described as
the veil of illusion. The message of Maya was not clear until the
second depiction, “Maya’s Evolution.”
Eye of Enhanced
While rendering this image the tangled, root-like structures on the
right (the left from the image's perspective) formed out of the
pastel-dust. The roots symbolize the tangled, cluttered, over-used
left brain. The eye-like lens above the right shoulder was another
baffling image. I think it symbolized the enhanced perception (hence
the title) possible upon integrating the two brain hemispheres. The
eye also appears to bend the physical side of the face out of
existence, or into another dimension. I am still working on how that
Maya’s first appearance
The initial appearance of Maya, named for the Hindu concept of
cosmic illusion. The image Maya appeared on the photograph of the
painting, but not on the original. Can you see it in the rock
formation to the right? Years later, more imagery was found in this
Mandalic in form (the rings), the rich imagery represents various
aspects of mind: mystery, fear, attachment. Since the imagery is
scattered over the page, it also represents incompleteness. The
reflected face of the primitive soul evolves to one of wisdom upon
contemplation. The message is: work harder at integrating various
scattered levels of mind.
We are pure light; made of light energy. We are born of light and
dissolve into dark. We are divine, yet we have forgotten. The
beginning of awareness comes when we open the heart chakra. Duality
– the contrast of light and dark – creates our illusion. Maya, the
veil of illusion, conceals the brilliant light of Inner Mind – the
true Self. Unobstructed by the veil we see the radiance and beauty of
the light, but the beam of light is distorted and dimmed by the veil
of Maya. Yet Maya yearns for our awakening as well.
Oil on Canvas/12"x16"
One Step Backward
Initially I thought this was a premonition of my death. The images I
saw were a huge flat tire and a vortex/tunnel. I had a flight the
next day and a long ride to the airport. That obviously didn’t come
to pass. The flat tire signifies an over-reliance upon inadequate
tools of logical, conscious mind for spiritual growth, when tools of
the Infinite Unconscious are underutilized and ignored.
Life From Death
After picking up a dead sparrow I saw this heart design around it.
The symbolism was obvious. The factory in the distance was not
consciously placed there. Its symbology is unclear.
Similar to One Step Backward, this depicts the over-reliance upon
the conscious ego. The left hand holds the elaborate but useless spindle
in a tight grip, while the right hand gropes blindly for the
Spontaneously created, this mandala is a representation of whole
mind or the universe, since each contains the other. A mandalic
image, given to the conscious mind from higher levels, could be a
mind map for the individual to be used as a learning tool. Outer
levels could represent the conscious and inner levels the
unconscious, though imagery is interwoven on this particular design.
Pastel and Acrylic/Private Collection
SOLD Gems of Detachment
Inner (unconscious) mind continually presents imagery to outer
(conscious) mind, and it is persistent, hammering on the same theme
until the conscious mind “gets it.” Similar to other images, the
right side of the face (from the face’s perspective) is obscured,
again symbolizing the need to achieve balance between intellect and
intuition. When my imagery depicts complete faces, I’ll know that
some progress has been made. The woman’s hair appears to be attached
to, or growing into, the tree trunk, literally symbolizing
attachment to the material world. Breaking free and distancing
oneself from attachment, one experiences increasingly precious
“gems” of enlightenment, symbolized by the simple ruby and the
larger, brighter emerald.
Oil on canvas/12"x16"