Dreams of Grandeur
Oil on Panel
3.5 inch Museum Wrap Panel
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art
Coconino National Forest, 561 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
Bringing in ELEMENTS of the earth into Fine Art
My “Elements” series is a creative blending of semi-precious stones and unique pieces of the earth with traditional fine art. I love finding and using things that were created by nature such as semi-precious stones and sea shells, using them in unique and creative ways.
“I’ve never seen anything like it” Is the biggest comment I get.
The semi-precious stones I use in my Elements series come from all over the world from various sources. Most of the stones I use have been collected throughout the year in order to work out my compositions and then incorporate them into my paintings.
Each semi-precious stone has individual properties generating energetically from the stone. The energy can be felt by wearing the stone, touching the stone and will fill your room where the art will hang.
I encourage people to touch the stones on the art to resonate with its properties. I include properties of the stones with the descriptions. Some stones are healing, energizing, loving, and calming. Some resonate with different chakras and evoke emotions.
I love working with and showcasing the unique beauty found in each semi-precious stone. I hope you enjoy these unique works as much as I enjoy creating them.
From the Artist:
This painting is the largest painting to date that I have created. It has been a dream of mine to do a painting of this magnitude.
This painting has over 20 different types of semi precious stones on it.
One of my favorite is the Fossilized Dinosaur Bone which I received from my collector from Utah, which he found on one of his excursions.
I wanted to really go “ALL OUT” for this piece. I didn’t want to hold back, on the quality of stones I used or on the amount of stones I used.
I spent years collecting these stones that went into this painting which came from all around the world.
In planning this painting I began with knowing I wanted to use a wide variety of semi precious stones. I didn’t set out with an exact number in mind. I gathered all of the stones I had in the lighter and mid tones, laid them all out onto two 6 foot tables, which I filled and stood back and assessed what I had.
I really didn’t know what to expect when laying out the stones, how many I would use and what it would take. I just kept adding and adding them. I was a little taken back by how many I did use. I also spent extra time in adding quartz points in between the larger specimens so all of them would look seamless as if they all grew together in a cohesive way, combining seamlessly together.
There were times that I planned on using certain stones and then when it came down to using them, they just didn’t work. I had to put those aside and use other stones that I had which ended up working beautifully. It was an interesting process, this painting taught me a lot. It was truly a labor of love.
I hope that you will notice the intricacy and grandeur of each individual stone, as I used some absolutely spectacular pieces in this painting. I still will just catch myself staring at stones and in awe of them. I so hope you appreciate all of the detail and love that went into this gigantic painting. This was so much fun to create. I hope you will feel all of the energy from the stones when it is placed where it is meant to be.
Dinosaur Bone: Fossilized bone. The organic cell structure has been replaces by minerals, most commonly silica. Agatized dinosaur bone is rare and highly prized.
Amethyst; Moroccan, Brazilin and Flowering. Treats insomnia, relives tension, helps overcome grief and loss, brings about spiritual awareness, constricting thinking and acting, good for skin, alleviates pain, lowers blood pressure, releases imbalances. Connects with spirituality and provides contentment. Clears the aura and relieves dysfunctional energy located within the body. Useful during meditation to promote and maintain a calm and peaceful state. Encourages sobriety, promotes sleep and combats headaches. Good for third eye chakra. Sign of Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius & Capricorn.
Zeolite from the Jalgaon and Nasik District in India: In particular, zeolites are said to be extraordinarily helpful for absorbing and removing toxins, whether it be in the environment or in a person. In a person, this metaphysical aspect makes zeolites excellent healing stones, and they are often used in conjunction with Reiki. Zeolites are also said to be useful for agriculture or gardening, especially when they are buried in the field or garden.
Stilbite and Heulandite from the Nasik and Aurangabad District of India
Prehnite from the Mumbai District of India
Chalcedony: It is a nurturing stone that promotes goodwill and will enhance a groups stability. It can be used for telepathy and transmission. This stone absorbs negative energy and then dissipates it so that the energy doesn’t move to someone else. Aligns the body, mind and spirit. Removes unwanted feelings and sadness. Helps in removing self doubt and also helps build your self confidence. This stone is also a powerful healing and cleanser. Use when meditating to help with being more open to spirit and being more enthusiastic.
Quartz: Wonderful multi use stone. Enhances energy of all other stones and metals. Harmonious and powerful. Aids communication. Sign of Entire Zodiac. Great for your crown chakra.
Rose Quartz: Love of self and others. Good for sensitivity and compassion. Opens your heart. Calming and cooling to all chakras, removes negativity and promotes gentle forces of self love. Heals emotional wounds. Sign of Taurus & Libra.
Ice Quartz: Extremely rate quartz that was formed from around Calcite.
Pyrite and Quartz: from El Hamam, Meknes Morocco: Quartz is a wonderful multi-use stone. Enhances energy of all other stones and metals. Harmonious and powerful. Aids communication. Sign of Entire Zodiac. Pyrite shields negative energy. Helps promote good physical health and emotional well-being. Pyrite enhances intelligence, mental stability, logic, analysis, creativity, memory, and psychic development.
Moroccan Geodes: Absorbs, releases and regulates energy and is excellent at unblocking it. Releases all colors so excellent energy balancer and raises energy to the highest possible level. Helps release distractions and brings spiritual peace. Helps concentration and unlocks memory. Aids connection as it enhances your spiritual abilities. Increases clarity of thought. Master healer for anything – stimulation of immune system. Amplifies other crystals beside it.
Selenite: Selenite is a stone of mental clarity. This clarity enhances mental flexibility and enables strong decision making abilities. It can affect every day life as full mental clarity into play to lesson confusion and mental disorientation. Selenite is also a stone of truth and honesty. This promotes good business practices as well as honesty in other types of relationships. It is used for contacting and communicating with angels for guidance. It can also be used for finding and working with other spirit guides.
Agate: Protection, Strength, Harmony. Agate’s most noticeable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming. Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battle and physically. Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy. However, because it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity.
Barite: Used for cleaning your system of toxins and sooths your nervous stomach. It can also help with healing addictions. It can help you increase your understanding of how your natural energy can flow through all living systems. A great stone for the healing arts and health care. Can help in breaking blockages. Great to use long term to balance your internal flow of energy.
Calcite and Phosphorescent Calcite: White or Clear; A great stone for healing. Calcite increases and amplifies energy. Brings inner peace, protecting, grounding and centering. It also is great for creativity, helping spark your imagination and can bring vibrancy. A great stone to increase prosperity in your life. Helps lessen fear and reduce stress. Helps in grounding and centering relationships.
Florescent Cave Onyx Phosphorous from Wyoming
Glauberite: Great for mental clarity. Allows for energy to flow through and cuts through confusion. It is very grounding despite the fact it is helpful for the crown chakra and bringing clarity and clear thinking. Helps with physical alignment.