“Yemaya”

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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $160

Original (12×12 inches):  SOLD

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Yemaya is the Yoruban Orisha or Goddess of the living Ocean, considered the Mother of All. She is the source of all the waters, including the rivers of Western Africa, especially the River Ogun. Her name is a contraction of Yey Omo Eja, which means “Mother Whose Children are the Fish”.  When her waters broke it caused the great flood that inundated the world and created the seven seas.  She then gave birth to fourteen powerful orishas.  According to legend, Yemaya is the mother of all life.

As all life is thought to have begun in the Sea, all life is held to have begun with Yemaya. She is motherly and strongly protective, and cares deeply for all Her children, comforting them and cleansing them of sorrow. She is said to be able to cure infertility in women, and cowrie shells represent her wealth. It is said when you hold a conch shell to your ear you can hear her voice, which is why I put a cross section of a shell in her belly.

She does not easily lose Her temper, but when angered she can be quite destructive and violent, as the Sea in a storm.

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Line Mandalas

Here are some line mandalas that I worked up.  I’d eventually like to do a whole book of them that people could color in and make their own.

“Gaia”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $50
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $250

Original: SOLD

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Here is the largest piece I’ve done so far (about 28×28 in). I really wanted to get the detail of the animals within her belly so I had to go larger.

Gaia is the Earth Mother Goddess. Along with the baby in her belly there are various animals, frogs, snails, snakes, beetles, snakes, dragonflies, etc.

Spreading from her fingers are the seasons. Vines spreading from spring buds to summer flowers, trees with changing leaves and winter berries.

“Floral IV”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $35
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $100

Original: $200

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This piece is a small 5×5 inch mandala I made for the header of my website and really liked!

“Grounding”


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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $170

Original:  Not Available

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This is another commission I just finished for a wonderful midwife. She wanted to incorporate a pregnant figure pendant her preceptor had given her, a nursing mama, a “squishy baby,” a placenta/tree of life, and a pink lotus.

Any suggestions for a title?

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“The Pilgrimage Home”

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This is a commissioned piece that represents something very personal to my client.  She wrote up a bit to accompany it:

“This piece represents a journey. The images represented here have served as talismans for me on my journey towards self-acceptance and recognizing that it’s my birthright to thrive not merely survive.  The piece as a whole is a reminder that when searching for answers or seeking a place to retreat from the chaos of the external world, fear or anxiety need not arise because one has done the work, made the journey inward, come to truly know the self, and can find a sense of comfort and reassurance that peace resides within and she’s created a home for herself that is always near. The nude figure seated at the base of an ancient tree is firmly grounded and her roots reach deep within nature. She has a sense of her place in the world; she is holding a lotus to represent her true inner being and her midsection is a woman-shaped labyrinth which symbolizes this inward spiral of a journey that must be taken to gain understanding and knowledge of self—all of self—and become reconnected to parts that may have once been ignored or rejected for their darkness and come to embrace what is discovered both light and dark, and to find the courage to embrace the power and strength that has been revealed.


The labyrinth is also representative of the subsequent journey outward, the re-entering into life and community, with a different awareness of self and the challenge of integrating this new found information with world. The seated figure is surrounded on both sides by wolves. The wolves are images of duality, they are known for their fierceness yet they have a nurturing and gentle nature as well. The she-wolf is wild and has a sense of freedom and confidence in her being; she can survive on her own but ultimately she thrives on having a strong connection with her pack. The moon behind the tree symbolizes a protective and guiding mother, her light serves as a beacon in the darkness and her cycles are a reminder of the continual cycles of change and woman’s indelible connection to nature.”


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“Labyrinth”


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6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $40
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $140

Original:  Not Available

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This is actually a preliminary sketch for a belly cast I’ve been commissioned to do. This will be the central piece on the belly, then a tree will go around it with the branches spreading over the breasts. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!The inside piece is a labyrinth that I thought looked just like a placenta. The finished cast will have the labyrinth raised in acrylic and molding medium so you can trace it with your fingers.

 
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“Luna”

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Here is a commissioned piece I did for my good friend and fellow doula Pauli.  She wanted a beautiful crowning waterbirth.

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“Naida”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original: $670

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“Naida” means “water nymph.” I meant this to be a “just after birth” image, subtle and beautiful and intimate.

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“The Midwifery Legacy”

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Purchase options:

6×6 Digital “Mini Print”: $20

8×8 Digital print (100 in a series):  $45
12×12 Giclee Print (50 in a series):  $150

Original:  Not Available

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I made this with Ina May Gaskin, the mother of midwifery in the US, in mind.  She has inspired thousands of midwives, doulas, childbirth advocates, and mothers.  I can’t wait to meet her in person at the CMA conference this weekend!  I was thinking about her work and how she has passed on her knowledge to everyone who comes into contact with her. I imagined a flow of water, passing from midwife to midwife, a collective consciousnessof mother-based nurturing that is the heart of the Midwifery Model of Care.

This consciousness has been passed from hand to hand, midwife to midwife, for generations, yet always (in its pure sense) starts with the mother herself.  The mother (and baby) is at the center and the midwife is there to care for and support her.  The lotus represents this pure maternal knowledge, the water that flows from it is the legacy of midwifery.

The water flows through the midwife’s hands, nourishing the trees, encouraging them to bear fruit.  These trees represents the practice of midwifery worldwide.  Many midwives draw from the knowledge of the earth as well, using herbs (like the red raspberry at the base of the trees) in their practice.  I also included the moon, as women (birthing or not) are often influenced and ruled by the moon’s cycles.

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