Press for "The Divine Mother"

I am honored that my painting “The Divine Mother” (4' x 8', acrylics) has caused such controversy. The theme of the 2007 Artery Exhibit in Eureka Springs, AR was Icons, and I chose to paint what I believe to be one of the most beautiful and inspirational iconographic themes that transcends the world of art to include the history of mankind— the simple and beautiful image of a woman breastfeeding her child. The judges at the Portfolios.com Creative Awards, an international competition, also found this to be beautiful and gave me an award for this painting (Illustration '08).

Since ancient times, people have been so inspired by the beauty of this image that incredible myths and religious stories and artwork have been created, even worshipped. This includes depictions of the Egyptian Goddess Isis breastfeeding baby Horus, an ancient myth which bears striking similarity to and which many scholars say inspired the Madonna del Latte or Maria Lactans imagery of Europe, which reached the height of its popularity in the middle ages.

I titled my painting “The Divine Mother,” though it is not a depiction of the Virgin Mary, as many people erroneously believe. The Virgin Mary is just one divine mother icon of many; my divine mother is one of unity, love, gentleness, compassion —and so she combines world traditions and religions, transcending time and space, melding pre-Christian religions with Christianity to be an icon we can all identify with and find peace and beauty with.

 

NPR (July 21, 2009)

'The Divine Mother' on Sale on eBay
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Lovely County Citizen (June 18, 2009)
A note from an Artery artist
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Arkansas Democrat Gazette (June 11, 2009)
Manager: City dragging feet on art exhibit
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NWA/Fox News TV
Erotic Paintings Turning Heads
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AOL Top News
Art May Be Too Provocative for Town
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Fox News
'Artery' Exhibit Prompts an Art Attack in Arkansas Town
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Arkansas Times
Blockage at The Artery
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Arkansas Democrat Gazette (May 24, 2009)
Outdoor art exhibit draws ire, compliments
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Lovely County Citizen
City council debates The Artery, sign ordinance and sidewalks
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Arkansas Democrat Gazette (May 30, 2009)
Editorial - Paintings on a Wall
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The Artery website



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The Providence Journal (December 31, 2002)
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Contra Costa Times (June 4, 2009)
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Photo close-up
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