Walden’s Pond

Walden’s Pond

Walden Pond has become a place of reflection for many over the years.

Oil on canvas

48”w x 36”h 

2008

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Bog

Bog

This assemblage is a deeply emotional portrayal of the conflict that arises in opposing belief systems represented by the pounding force of water against the immoveable granite. The metal frame represents the imprisonment that organized
religions experience when the fanatical undercurrents are exposed and the compassionate and tolerant aspects of the belief are hijacked.
“God” is the central power of the main religions in the world. The most recognizable names given to “God” throughout history are “Elohim”, “Allah”, “Jehovah”, “Ra”, “Shiva”, and “Yahweh”.

When one is lost in the structure and ritual the only way to see God is to look in the rearview mirror.

Very Old Metal Frame
Materials: Mixed Media and Acrylic on Birch Board
25.5”W x 25”H x 4.5”D
2013
 

Commit

Commit

West Wind #2

You are young.  So you know everything.  You leap

into the boat and begin rowing.  But listen to me.

Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without

any doubt, I talk directly to your soul.  Listen to me.

Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and

your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to

me.  There is life without love.  It is not worth a bent

penny, or a scuffed shoe.  It is not worth the body of a

dead dog nine days unburied.  When you hear, a mile

away and still out of sight, the churn of the water

as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the

sharp rocks – when you hear that unmistakable

pounding – when you feel the mist on your mouth

and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls

plunging and steaming – then row, row for your life

toward it.

                                                  ~ Mary Oliver ~

Acrylic on birch board

80”w x 45”h

2015                     

 

 

 

Lost in the Camas

Lost in the Camas

Acrylic on board

80”w x 45”h (with frame)

2016

Lost in the Camas

Sitting by the stream listening

to it embrace its journey,

        following a leaf to its destination on the prairie

I contemplate the womb of this golden blanket. 

All nature of history has traveled through this prairie. 

The desire to remain traces through my bones

       to the hollow of the lava fields.

Sit quietly and allow the voices of the grasses transform

your need for change.

                                                    Do not hurry to leave.

The towering rocks of Moonstone Mountain

sit silently

heralding the end to the warmth of summer. 

All forms of life beginning their preparation

for the white blanket

                                      that will put them to bed. 

These warm days of Autumn can envelope even the most dedicated into the allure of procrastination.

But life

                      will wrest the beauty of this moment

and hand it back

                                             .....................as a memory.

                                      

                                                                           Deborra                                                                                                                 

 

 

Where the Sky Meets the Water

Where the Sky Meets the Water

Wild Geese
 
“Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.  Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”
                                                         Mary Oliver

Acrylic on board

80"w x 45"h

2015

 

Magical 1 & 2

Magical 1 & 2

Magical
Suspended in water one experiences a different lens to view all life.   Honoring the transformation of the Sockeye Salmon honors the transformation in one’s own life.   But when you look up,  remember that is the world you are from.

Acrylic on canvas

48"w x 24"h, diptych
2013


 

Tenacity

Tenacity

Acrylic on Canvas

36”w x 24”h

2014

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The Great Return

The Great Return

The Great Return

Landing in the cavernous pool, bubbles wrapping around intention
gliding the lithe body forward
toward the destination.
The dams, the nets, the hooks, the claws will not hinder

my thousand mile journey
                      taking me home. 
There I will spawn the earth.  
Living forever
                          deteriorating
                                         …………… into all beings.

                                                                      Deborra

Acrylic on Canvas

36.25”w x 36.25”h

2012

 

Circling

Circling

The Salmon return to their birthplace to create new life before theirs comes to an end.  The journey is long and treacherous.  This painting represents the last dance they will do before they die.  They know their place in the "Circle of Life".

Acrylic on Canvas

24" x 24"

2013

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