DescriptionMayan Jaguar Shaman Serti Technique on Silk
Jaguar, power, dance and transformation are symbolized and expressed in a painting. Here a Maya lord takes the shape of his animal self or “uay”, a Jaguar. His belt holds the symbol of heaven and jade beads.
The Jaguar was the most revered animal in Mesoamerica. They played a large roll in the Maya religion and were an important Shamanic creature. The Jaguar, with its power and grace, held the top position in the food chain and this supremacy was greatly admired and sought after.
In states of ritual transformation, humans changed themselves into jaguars from at least Olmec times onward. Kings, chiefs and shaman often wore the pelts, sandals, and headdresses made from the Jaguar. Necklaces of jade beads in the shape of jaguar teeth and stone thrones often took the form of the Jaguar.
A vase from the “Altar de Sacrificios” from the Maya Late Classic Period (600 – 900 AD) was the inspiration for my silk painting. In my interpretation, I sought to create the feeling of a painting on the wall of a temple. My choice of greens and the technique I used in the background, was to create the sense of aged stone and moss, but also to represent jade. Jade (jadeite) is associated with life and renewal of life and is the most important stone in the Maya culture. Original painting on silk 24' x 30'
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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.
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