The Transformations of Mercurius in the Hermetic Vessel

The painting “Alchemical Studies V (Homunculus)” is an exploration into how we often suppress or deny unpleasant emotional content. The first stage of the alchemical process calls for us to be introspective and cook our inner conflicts and to bring them to light. The painting was inspired by the image of “The transformations of Mercurius…

Dying Man

The painting depicts a dying man having been pierced by the arrow of Mercurius and being used as soil by The Tree of Diana (Arbor Philosophorum), which is growing up from his genital area. The image that inspired the painting is from the manuscript “Miscelanea d’alchimia”.[1]  My first exposure to this image was from Carl…

Alchemical Studies

“Alchemical Studies II (Where is Uncle Now)” is an alchemical study showing the distillation of the Essence from the physical body. The painting was inspired by an image found in the three-volume Clavis Artis. The manuscript declares itself to be a translation of Zoroaster (or Zarathustra): the ancient Persian prophet. The alembic represents the container…

The Serpent in the Brain

When children visit my studio, it fills with light and play. I am always drawn to the art of children, I think because I have taught art to children, but also because of the childlike innocence of children that Picasso envied as did Nietzsche. After a recent visit, I had the inspiration to arrange segments…

Medusa’s Coral

Myth has it that coral was created when Perseus laid down the severed head of Medusa beside the shore of the Red Sea and drops of her blood spilled onto seaweed causing them to harden into coral. With 50% of the world’s coral now bleached and dying, it calls into question if there is a…

Blue Morpho: Transformation in Color

First published: “THE LANGUAGE OF COLOR & LIGHT: The Liminal-exhibition-artists reveal palette & setting secrets!“by Jennifer Gillia Cutshall One day, I took a picture of my wife and cat asleep on our sofa. I showed the photo to my wife, and she said, “If you’re ever looking for inspiration, there it is.” She was right.…

Turquoise Spider Eggs

The Painting Turquoise Spider Eggs utilizes vivid colors and expressionistic brush strokes to explore the autonomous creative impulse while also attempting to create a celebration of Nature and a heightened awareness of the need to preserve our habitat. The result feels dreamlike and somewhat ambiguous, as is our tendency to mystify global threats and blur…

The Dreamer Finds a Blue Flower

One of the first mentions of a blue flower came in the unfinished novel “Heinrich von Ofterdingen” (1802) by Friedrich von Hardenberg (aka Novalis). In it, the character Heinrich has a dream about a “blue flower” representing desire and unfulfilled love. The “blue flower” became a key symbol of inspiration in Romanticism, which stressed emotion,…

Danaë

All of life appears to be a clashing of opposites. As Heraclitus said, “Every beast is driven to pasture by a blow.” In the story of Danaë, her blow came in the form of being locked up in an underground bronze chamber by her father, King Acrisius, because the oracle of Delphi said his daughter…

Leda and the Swan and The Illuminating Gas

This is the first painting I completed after arriving to Brazil. It bridges a long journey I have taken since first discovering Carl Jung’s writings about alchemy when I was in graduate school. Alchemy was a language I understood from my early studies of Eastern philosophy. The purifying and transformative process of alchemy, i.e., the…