Atlas Series

United States

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
— Haruki Murakami

United States (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Tribe

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And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect.
— Seth Godin

Tribe (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Indonesia

Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is more becoming?
— Sylvia Plath

Indonesia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


French Indochina

What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.
— Amedeo Modigliani

French Indochina (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


China

Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.
— Ram Dass

China (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Atlantic Ocean

The way to create art is to burn and destroy ordinary concepts and to substitute them with new truths that run down from the top of the head and out of the heart.
— Charles Bukowski

I will add this, and other paintings from the Atlas and Velázquez Series to my online shop tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1 pm CST.

Atlantic Ocean (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


South Pole

I was the snake in the Garden of Eden.

South Pole (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Antwerp

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.
— Wallace Stevens
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Antwerp (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Netherlands Antilles

All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else.
— Swami Vivekananda

Netherlands Antilles (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Israel, Jordan

There’s a morning when presence comes over your soul. You sing like a rooster in your earth-colored shape. Your heart hears and, no longer frantic, begins to dance.
— Rumi

Israel, Jordan (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Australia

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Australia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2018.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


London

Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.
— Saint Augustine

London (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2018.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Pacific Ocean

O tiger’s heart wrapped in a woman’s hide!
— William Shakespeare

Pacific Ocean (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2018.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


South America

I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.
— Eckhart Tolle

South America (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Israel, Jordan

It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one’s inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle. Strange as it sounds, steady, patient growth in freedom is probably the most difficult task of all, requiring the greatest courage. Thus if the term “hero” is used in this discussion at all, it must refer not to the special acts of outstanding persons, but to the heroic element potentially in every (hu)man.
— Rollo May

Israel, Jordan (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Asia

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, “I want to make a creature of you. Condense.” And the Wind condensed.
— Abdelkader El Djezairi

Asia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Persia

O’ day, arise!
Shine your light, the atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing,
overcome with ecstasy, free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered
We are all beings in the ray of light from The Beloved.
Nothing can be said.
— Rumi

Persia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on Paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

Listen to this version of Poem of the Atoms with music by Armand Amar.


Freedom

To have freedom, be willing to give freedom.
— Sanaya Roman

Pacific Ocean (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on Paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


The Discoverer

I am the Discoverer of Nature.
I am the Argonaut of true sensations.
I bring to the Universe a new Universe because I bring the Universe itself.
— Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa)

Atlas Series.

I. Atlantic Ocean.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

II. Indonesia.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Iconography

If geography is prose, maps are iconography.
— Lennart Meri

Atlas Series.

I. Australia.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

II. Indian Ocean.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).