Still Point, Mixed media on panel, 30×30-inches

All About Mountains

Stillpoint based on the I Ching Hexagram 52, which is made up of two trigrams of the yin and yang lines representing mountains, suggests inner focus, not acting until time is right, and the gathering of inner strength. It reminds me of the psalm: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help.” Living in mountain country, I’m constantly looking up at the Sandias and am reminded of the relative permanence of the mountains in comparison to the fleeting troubles of daily life in the valley.

Three other “mountain” paintings will also be shown. From left to right: Hexagram 4: Youthful Folly (mountain over water) reminds us that sometimes taking a seemingly foolish risk allows us to leap mountains. Yakshi-Yaksha from the Legendary Creatures series depicts the benevolent male and female deities from the east-Asian tradition who protect trees, mountains and bodies of water. Finally, Hexagram 22: Grace (mountain over fire) represents resilience erupting from the inner (mountain) life like a firebird emerging from a volcano.