Winter Egypt, Jan 31, 2018, pastel on paper, 70 x 70 cm (image)
These works continue the theme of the Four seasons.
Detail, Winter Egypt
This series of drawings and paintings continues investigations of the landscape. The works are based on the composition of a quadrant and the basic shapes of the circle, square and triangle with additional bisections, colour and texture.
This series of drawings continues the interest in the still life in the studio with the investigation of the various elements of design and quality of light.
This is another four panel painting in the Four Seasons series. The image is a large square and circle divided into four quadrants representing the four seasons. A smaller version is in the centre of the four panels.
The drawings show the development of the composition and colour relationships of the four panels. Each panel is a smaller version of the larger image and displayed horizontally the viewer must imagine how the 4 panels fit together to form the complete circle. Also a different kind of movement occurs in the background and within each panel when they are seen horizontally (click on images to enlarge).
This page is a survey of a few of the still life works completed in different media and approaches to the subject.
The Unity and Toward Unity paintings and drawings are a series begun in the Spring of 2009. These works contain the symbols, a hexagram or the six pointed star, the cross and the crescent and polygram or five pointed star. The three symbols represent the three monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While these symbols have a traditional reference to a particular faith they also are seen and used in other contexts from antiquity to modern times.
Use of the symbols originate from an interest in geometry and in particular the designs seen in ancient mosques in Egypt,Pakistan, India and Kashmir. A keen interest occurred viewing the domes inside mosques in Kashmir which have a type of muqarnas constructed of carved and decorated wood beams that overlap and progress upwards producing a powerfull sense of depth and movement. Other times light can create an effect on the surface that alternates between defining form and dissolving it. The idea of uniting the three symbols is to convey the message of a common origin and universality of message.
Universal Unity, August 30, 2009 drawing, 76.8 x 76.8 cm,
This is a painting that continues the series of the Four Seasons. The four quadrants represent the cycle of seasons beginning with Winter in the upper left and continuing clockwise with Spring, Summer and Autumn.
The drawing is an image of an earthen ware jug with verses inscribed into the paper surface. The verses, in English translation,are from the Qur’an and the meaning of the word vessel is used in the context of each verse.