This painting entitled “The Protector,” brings together two stories that have captured my imagination over the last few weeks. The first story is entitled “Indra’s Web,” or “Indra’s Net.” In Vedic scriptures, Indra’s net stretches out infinitely in all directions. At each woven juncture in the net there is a jewel. When looking deeply into the polished surface of the jewel, we see the reflection of all the other jewels in the net. This beautiful image of infinity and interconnectedness got me thinking about our collective consciousness, and the great psychic web that joins us all. I started thinking about the breaking and the mending of this psychic web—especially at night as we sleep—and remembered the story of the Owl, the great protector. Without realizing it, I had blended these two stories together. I have used sacred geometrical shapes at the intersection points in the web of the painting. These shapes, which contain the sacred energies of the universe, reflect back to us the sacred energies of all dimensions.
Acrylic on canvas :: 36 x 48 inches