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The lily is an ancient and venerable symbol in many religious and spiritual traditions. It can mean innocence, purity, passion and the cycle of life, death and rebirth. I have been painting calla lilies for over ten years, and this is what I've noticed: like the lotus, the beautiful, pure white blossom of the calla lily germinates and grows in muddy soil, much like our own spiritual development. Its form embodies the Golden Mean, and references the creation and growth symbolism of the spiral. The stem opens to become both leaves and flower, never truly separating, so that the plant's many manifestations of growth are really one and the same. The petals open to embrace the stamen, and the lily becomes male and female in one form. I paint the flower as I would a figure, modeling the forms and sweeps of the limbs and muscles buried within the petals. Red lies underneath all of the lilies; it is the underpainting and blood flowing under the skin. I recognize the body inherent in the lily form as a source of knowledge, of placing myself in the world and of being connected. Now, when I paint a lily, I feel and see so much in it that it has become an open container for me. Every painting revolves around a new issue; sometimes about a relationship, or a formal issue, or homage to an influential and beloved artist. A calla lily brings out all of my passion and energy. It is still a huge mystery to me. I hope that this openness of meaning and emotion allows viewers to bring their own experiences to a deep interaction with my paintings.

At this time, I am most interested in the duality contained within the lily. Like Yin and Yang, our understanding of the world and ourselves is through the perception of polarities: dark/light, life/death, male/female. I find the place of great mystery and power to be the threshold where opposites meet and interact. Similarly, I paint in encaustic, which comes from the Greek, "to burn in," and is the ancient art of combining wax and paint. The wax melts and flows sensually, like the limbs and fluids of the body. The final process of melting the wax and paint together forces the paintings to glow with an inner light and supports the alchemical notion of transformation through the union of opposites. Like Icarus'; wings of feather and wax, it reminds us that the vehicle for our ascent to heaven is the same that plunges us back to earth.