Guadalupe in Blue was inspired by many walks in the cemeteries looking at old crypts, doors to the unknown, and weathered paint and stone. As I was working on the window in Photoshop, her image came to me so I put this inside the window. I then received a prayer for her and put that in the exhibit I showed this image at. It was at Linen Life Gallery sponsored by ONELIFE INSTITUTE- Transformative Visions 2007 Art Exhbitition.
California Institute of Integral Studies, S.F. used my image " Dark Mother and Three Roses " for a postcard advertising the book releases of the Black Madonna by Dr. Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum. This was a long process of dance, homage, prayer, sculpture, and studies with Dr. Lucia Chiavola- Birnbaum, feminist herstorian and author of several books on the Dark Mother. The drumming and ritual of Alessandra Belloni influenced my affirmation of my Southern Italian roots, spirituality, and of course, the tarantella.
"Monastery Dreams"-NY This image is a composite of the stone walls of the NY Cloisters and the tabernacle at St. Patricks' Cathedral in New York. I've spent hours in these two places, photographing and being in awe of the wonder of the sacred place(Axis-mundi).
"Rev. Dr. Elouise Oliver"-Oakland, CA Rev "E" is a powerful contemporary Dark mother and spiritual leader to many in Oakland and in other places . She influenced me with her prayer and gratitude. After photographing her many times, I captured this one spiritual moment while she was in prayer during Sunday service. When I showed it to her, the congregation loved it so much several thousand postcards and gratitude cards were produced. A few years later the image was then etched in a crystal.
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