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Arrowpoints Meet Head On, 2011

Arrowpoints Meet Head On, 2011

Price: $285.00

Size: 12x12"

Media: Sumi Ink on Yupo

I made this painting while on silent retreat with the Art Monastery, my life-as-art social sculpture. Now looking back, I see that it was a seminal moment. It was toward the end of the weeklong retreat in the Mojave Desert. We had been meditating 8 hours a day and making art in the remaining hours of daylight. I was sleeping in a tent on the land and I can remember the particular crunch our shoes made on that sandy ground during walking meditations. In one of our creative sessions, I returned to my tent with my meditation cushion and set up my paper and ink on the ground. I was in a sort of ongoing meditative state so I don't know how long I sat there with my brush loaded with ink, fascinated by the feeling of my body breathing itself. From that place of deep quiet and focus and tenderness, my body gave way to an impulse that moved through me, and I made this mark on the paper. It was that day and that moment — this painting — that set me on a course that I would continue to follow through today.

I am deeply grateful to Joel & Michelle Levey, who were the dharma teachers we brought in to hold us for that week. Their compassion and wisdom has been a profound blessing in my life.



Also available as a signed & numbered limited edition or unsigned print.


This original painting is available with a window matting, bevel cut. The matte is acid-free archival quality. Color is as pictured. The finished dimensions of the matte are 18x20". If you'd like a different color, different size, or an additional matte, it is possible! Just send me an email and we can work it out: You can also contact me through the online form.

Mounted on a cradled birch panel and wired for hanging, sturdy and light. I affix the painting or the print to the birch panel with archival adhesives. There is no glass over the front so it is important not to hang the piece in direct sunlight.

In concordance with my heartfelt wish to honor the earth and be living with increasing ecological sustainability, I use frames have been reclaimed! These are high quality frames that once hung in a hotel in Vermont. The frame is made of wood and painted silver and gold. They do show signs of wear with rich character. I cut the matte myself to make sure it is the perfect size to show off the original painting and look great in the frame. I use archival-quality acid-free matte. A piece of reclaimed backing material (foamboard, chipboard, or matting) is added in the back to secure the original and the matting inside. That backing is then taped to the frame using eco-friendly tape. I use tape so that it would be possible in the future to remove the painting from the frame. The hanging apparatus is extremely sturdy and will work with a simple nail.

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