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“les reves des jardins d’hiver”

(a winter garden dreaming)

Dreams fascinate me. They play a large part in my work. These paintings began in a dream. I saw a visual image and a title, as well as a clear direction and understanding of what I was going to do. As the work progressed however, I became unsure. Months of uncertainty and frustration passed until one day while meditating in my garden, I saw the bigger picture with greater detail.

What I saw was that I was creating one large painting, not 5 separate ones. Each 5′ square panel was a very specific aspect of the winter gardens’ dream. The last painting in the series was both the beginning of the sequence and the end of it. It went like this:

the dream of commitment and completion
the dream of intention
the dream of desire
the dream of possibilities
the dream of full potential

The entire piece was suspended from the ceiling on a semi-circular tapestry bar over a pool of water or a reflective floor, making the painting and its’ reflection one continuous image/experience.

More than anything in this piece, I feel the earth growing, growing towards the light, dreaming itself into being.
This is a beautiful dream, a visual metaphor for life and the process of growing.