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YOU & ME...a story of Love
5' x 7' Acrylic on canvas

On the back of this painting I wrote a short story about being in love and participating in the ebb and flow of a romantic relationship. At the time this painting was created, bald eagle encounters were showing up in unusual, and numerous places -- in person, dreams and then a special gift from a Native American elder prodded my curiosity beyond this being a mere coincidence. So began my research of the historical value of the bald eagle through cultures and sources e.g. Native American animal medicine lore, National Geographic and the Smithsonian.

In the midst of several months of research work a sudden and unavoidable knowing emerged to halt analysis and to view this painting with open heart and to simply Be with it so as to allow the painting to reveal a (possible) connection between eagle encounters and romantic love. Alas, an understanding surfaced. I relate it to the mating rituals of eagles as the courtship begins at low altitude as they encircle each other, climbing altitude until they reach their highest point - then lock talons and free fall as they mate. Once they reach low altitude they separate and begin the climb again. And again. And again.

I see the two brush movements of burgundy and white as free falling together, blended colors, nearly inseparable. Near the bottom of the painting the two colors emerge from a free fall ecstasy of oneness and become each their own color again. Much like the ebb and flow of an intimate relationship which requires skillful maneuvering between intimacy and autonomy and the art of not loosing oneself in the ecstasy of oneness. Rather emerging as an enhanced being. One that returns to life, work and society, empowered with passion and purpose.

Excerpt from the canvas:
. . . the ebb and flow of being together harmoniously and experiencing the autonomous part of relationship. And then trusting that love will be there upon return from an autonomous period. Voila, and love feels like home again. However, it is different. More intimate. More real. More playful.

1995

YOU & ME...a story of Love
5' x 7' Acrylic on canvas

On the back of this painting I wrote a short story about being in love and participating in the ebb and flow of a romantic relationship. At the time this painting was created, bald eagle encounters were showing up in unusual, and numerous places -- in person, dreams and then a special gift from a Native American elder prodded my curiosity beyond this being a mere coincidence. So began my research of the historical value of the bald eagle through cultures and sources e.g. Native American animal medicine lore, National Geographic and the Smithsonian.

In the midst of several months of research work a sudden and unavoidable knowing emerged to halt analysis and to view this painting with open heart and to simply Be with it so as to allow the painting to reveal a (possible) connection between eagle encounters and romantic love. Alas, an understanding surfaced. I relate it to the mating rituals of eagles as the courtship begins at low altitude as they encircle each other, climbing altitude until they reach their highest point - then lock talons and free fall as they mate. Once they reach low altitude they separate and begin the climb again. And again. And again.

I see the two brush movements of burgundy and white as free falling together, blended colors, nearly inseparable. Near the bottom of the painting the two colors emerge from a free fall ecstasy of oneness and become each their own color again. Much like the ebb and flow of an intimate relationship which requires skillful maneuvering between intimacy and autonomy and the art of not loosing oneself in the ecstasy of oneness. Rather emerging as an enhanced being. One that returns to life, work and society, empowered with passion and purpose.

Excerpt from the canvas:
. . . the ebb and flow of being together harmoniously and experiencing the autonomous part of relationship. And then trusting that love will be there upon return from an autonomous period. Voila, and love feels like home again. However, it is different. More intimate. More real. More playful.

1995