FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
a series of paintings celebrating Gaia.
Gaia- This means to me that the earth is a living organism alive with communication and cooperation. Traditionally from the Greek, Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life.
By and large, Homo sapiens stopped living in reciprocal relationship with the earth long ago. We take from the earth, viewing her provisions as unlimited. The rate of exploitation in the last 500 years had been astounding, especially the last 100, where we have stepped up the development of corruption with the ever more efficient machines to ravage our planet. We have finally brought her to the brink.
I pray that we, as a species, as a people, choose to open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to rebuild our planet with all her myriad and wonderous ecosystems. That we not view the earth simply as our unlimited provider, but as a sustainer of reasonable life, a home of moderation, of sharing and reciprocity.
This series of paintings illustrates the helpers for rebuilding and of giving back. Whether through history, magic, regenerative farming or simply allowing the land to “rewild”, I strive to show the resilience and healing power of Gaia.
As indigenous people teach. Take no more than half. I say let's start with a third. A third of our barrier islands, a third of our arable land, a third of the best we have to offer. And let us give it gratefully.