Welcome to the Gallery
This website is set up like an art gallery presenting several artistic visions. It contains many rooms/smaller galleries that are organized by categories, concepts, subject matter, or styles. Some of the work is traditional in nature, but most is a contemporary interpretation of the many ancient circular designs used universally down through the ages by all human cultures. The Radiant Galleries contain the contemporary circular designs, and, being a new interpretation, deserve to be explained and put into context.
The noun “radiant” is a term used in the science of optics. It describes the point or object from which light proceeds. Much of the art featured here is based on light, color, and design and the expansion of these elements into visual manifestation. A radiant is a modern interpretation of a universal archetype of our natural world and of the universe as a whole. All things begin with a point of origin and expand outward as they grow. This phenomenon is symbolized by the circle and so, has been an integral part of all human cultures. In early times mankind was surrounded by circles – the horizon line between earth and sky, the full moon, the fire around which they gathered for safety and fellowship. The circle was echoed in their developing cultures in myriad ways – the structure of their dwellings, the hierarchy of religion, the expression of their art. The circle is seen in temple construction, mandalas, labyrinths, and countless other structures. The circle is universal and resonates at the deepest level in all mankind.
Modern science has revealed much of the structure of the universe hidden from our ancestors. They could see in nature the many physical manifestations of the circles that surrounded them. Modern scientists have opened hidden circles. The ideas that the cosmos is expanding outward from some point of origin; that the human body begins with a single cell, expanding outward into an organism akin to a five-pointed star; that even the atomic structure of creation consists of electrons circling central nuclei, give substance to the universal nature of the circle.
The significance of the circle in the human psyche is reflected in the radiants presented here. The number of radii present in each radiant, the colors used, the symbols and designs in each radiant represent qualities and states of consciousness and understanding that surpass human speech. They communicate on an almost cellular level from the artist to the viewer. Many have interpretations included with them to reinforce their individual themes, but the unspoken messages that the viewer receives on deeper levels is the most significant communication.
Sit quietly with each radiant. Gaze into its center, its point of origin. Feel what it has to communicate to you at this moment in time.