Invocations

Archaeologist have theorized that early cave paintings, such as those at Lascaux and Altamira, were a kind of shamanistic creative visualization. In effect, a supernatural attempt to gain some sort of control in an unpredictable world. If we paint ourselves being successful in the hunt, perhaps it was thought, then our success will be insured. It is in this spirit that I am creating a series of paintings titled “Invocations.” In these works I am combining this return to the roots of painting with a love for the intersection of image and text. With historical precedents spanning from illuminated manuscripts and Mexican retablo painting to contemporary visionary works and graffiti, the relationship of word to image has been a powerful one. For each work I have first written the properties of various herbs that correspond to particular botanical remedies directly on the support. After that, I have submerged the words in painted images of the herbs themselves which are rendered in direct relation to the proportions of each plant used in the remedy. The result is a magical depiction of need and the plant life that attends it. The word and the image come together to act as the thing itself.

  • "aphrodisiacbath" 32cm x 40cm (12.6in x 15.7in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2012 sold

    “aphrodisiacbath”
    32cm x 40cm (12.6in x 15.7in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2012  sold

  • "Blood Sugar, To Lower" 73cm x 61cm (29in x 24in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2010 $2,200

    “Blood Sugar, To Lower”
    73cm x 61cm (29in x 24in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2010
    $2,200

  • "For Bronchial Cough in Children" 41cm x 41cm (16in x 16in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2011 Sold

    “For Bronchial Cough in Children”
    41cm x 41cm (16in x 16in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2011
    Sold

  • "Epilepsy" 46cm x 61cm (18in x 24in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2010

    “Epilepsy”
    46cm x 61cm (18in x 24in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2010

  • "Heart, Tea for a Nervous Heart" 61cm x 73cm (24in x 29in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2011 $1,700

    “Heart, Tea for a Nervous Heart”
    61cm x 73cm (24in x 29in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2011   $1,700

  • "Coughs, A Natural Cough Syrup" 32cm x 40cm (12.6in x 15.7in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2011 $800

    “Coughs, A Natural Cough Syrup”
    32cm x 40cm (12.6in x 15.7in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2011   $800

  • "Asthma, Asthma, For Relief of Attack" 100cm x 60.5cm (39.4in x 23.8in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2011 $1,400

    “Asthma, Asthma, For Relief of Attack”
    100cm x 60.5cm (39.4in x 23.8in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2011
    $1,400

  • “More Good Laxative Teas”
    95cm x 46cm (37.4in x 18in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2010
    Sold

     

  • "Galactagogue, A Tea for Nursing Mothers" 38cm x 45cm (15in x 18in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2009 Sold

    “Galactagogue, A Tea for Nursing Mothers”
    38cm x 45cm (15in x 18in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2009
    Sold

  • "For Colic in Infants" acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2009 Sold

    “For Colic in Infants”
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2009
    Sold

  • "Feet, A Tea to Reduce Swelling" 57cm x 111cm (22.4in x 43.7in) acrylic/ gouche/ carbon on panel 2012 $2,800

    “Feet, A Tea to Reduce Swelling”
    57cm x 111cm (22.4in x 43.7in)
    acrylic/ gouache/ carbon on panel
    2012 $2,800