” .. art revives and re-adapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange special air.”
~ Leonard Bernstein
There is a world that we cannot see.Â Â The Balinese call it â€śNiskalaâ€ť.Â It is right here, all around us.Â This worldÂ influences our world and we influence it.Â Â Quantum PhysicistsÂ have theorized for years that parallel universes exist. Recently, this “disturbing” possibility is closer to beingÂ provenÂ mathematically. Around the world, scientists are concluding that multiple dimensions are a fact.
Throughout my life I have â€śseenâ€ťÂ images of dragons, demons, heroes, fairies and, most predominantly, mermaids.Â Â I felt good when I reproduced them in my artwork and rarely shared them for fear of ridicule.Â It was a world that constantly surprised me with exotic life forms, cultures, customs, and landscapes.
In 1972, I was disintegrating emotionally.Â Â I was the â€śstranger in a strange worldâ€ť.Â My artwork was prolific and the images so demanding I felt like I was coming apart. â€śNiskalaâ€ť was showing itself to me.
From an early age I had heard, seen and felt â€śthemâ€ť.Â I had no frame of reference or mentor to help me make sense of the detailed images that appeared to me.Â Â I became quietÂ and tried to be as invisible as possible.
I have heard it said that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.Â Â Dr. Pat Allen was that first teacher in a long line of spiritual mentors that blessed my life.Â Â As a Jungian therapist, she saw my â€śstrange beautifulâ€ť paintings as messages from my soul.Â Â I began to listen.
In Jan.of 1974, I â€śdiedâ€ť twice after being thrown into a car windshield.Â The experience changed everything for me.Â The shallow materialistic world I had been living in the fashion industry no longer served me.Â I found myself adrift and on a quest to explain what I had experienced while â€śout of my bodyâ€ť.Â My career, relationships and beliefs were no longer a match .Â Â Â I was experiencing a â€śspiritual emergencyâ€ť.Â Â A death of an old way of life that forcedÂ new insight and growth.
The images have continued, becoming more powerful and clear.Â I am now 59.Â I understand my visions and I know that they are a gift.Â Â I see the unseen world.Â I see guides, archetypes, entities, ethereal creatures and sometimes the Future.Â I have the challenge of putting to line and form the beings that present themselves to me.Â I am just the scribe.
â€śNiskalaâ€ť is so beautiful and vast.Â I am always humbled and leftÂ with a feeling of peaceful wondermentÂ each time I visit.Â Â The complexity and perfection of parallel universesÂ is far beyond my human comprehension.
My intention for sharing my artwork is to help people open their minds and look past their everyday awareness into the beauty and unlimited expressions of the Creator.
God isnâ€™t done yet.