Description Jaguar Paddler God Serti Technique on Silk
One of three Mayan Gods - known as the Palenque Triad. The first stories of the Triad begin around 3000-4000 bc. and are found through the late classic period. This one - with the Jaguar headdress leads the canoe - the Maze Paddler God usually steers from the stern. Symbols on the paddle, canoe and tattooed on his arms, show the hieroglyphs for heaven or supreme other world.
When I first moved to Belize, I simply wanted to include few beautiful pictographs in my paintings, and know their meanings.
That led me to Herman Smith, an Archaeologist living and working in the country. Herman loaned me reference books and soon I was totally hooked on the artwork and hieroglyphs of the Maya people. It was the beginning of a life long hobby and like many things, the more I learn, the more I realize that there is so much more to learn.
I’ve painted the Jaguar Paddler God with my favorite glyphs in my own style. The glyphs are; fresh new earth, sun, earth, jaguar, sunrise...
The original painting was created using the Serti Technique on Silk. 24' x 30'
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Currently, I'm sculpting silver jewelry, inspired by the Rainforest and Reef, and loving playing with fire!
I paint, draw, sculpt. It's a requirement: like breathing. I’ve been following the equator these last 20 years, admittedly with a bit of a wobble, finding my imagination strongest between the 16 degrees north and the 16 degrees south mark.
Rainforest to reef. Beautiful and endangered tropical flora and fauna are my inspiration, but my finished painting come from something larger than I can create in the daylight hours. They arrive in dreams, complete, and usually with a story. Sometimes I believe it’s the equatorial pull, a tropical twist that draws the glass thread of creativity from my soul. But at other times I’m certain it’s a magic spell casts by the wildlife. Or the Gods of the ancient cultures whispering in my ear – paint this, see this, dream this. I don’t always understand the source, but I know it is my job to recreate what I’ve been given in my dream.
The Gallery pages show a bit of the work I’ve created while living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the BVI. And ink drawings I’ve created while passing through, passing time, waiting on trains, planes, ferries, tuk tuks, and a camel. Nothing formal, but if you like, there’s more to see and read about my work and inspiration behind my paintings, at www.savannaredman.com.
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A quote I believe...
All true Art must help the soul realize the inner self...
True Art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and spirituality of its authors". - Gandhi