The inside story of this collection has to do with healing. A few months ago, I became very ill. I had chronic sinusitus and contracted a coughing virus on top of the sinus infection. My whole body went into shut down for several months. I tried to function as best as I could but I was very weak.
One day, I was meditating and praying to get well. I asked my angels: "What do I need?" They told me "Painting is your salvation so sit down and paint." I thought- Wow- how can I do that when I am so weak?
At the time, I was unable to eat anything but fruit. I had a beautiful papaya that was gifted to me from our property and I went to eat it. Instead of cutting it the way I always do, I cut the top off of it and discovered that the seeds form a star from this perspective. I was so delighted to discover this. I suddenly knew that it was time to paint and that fruit was also my salvation. So the Centered Collection was born.
I decided on nine because it is the highest and most powerful number of humanity. I chose to include some type of seed in each one to represent abundance. I intended to heal myself through these paintings. I also loved the idea of having these fruits as meditative pieces. A friend of mine pointed out that they are a "Natural Mandala " of sorts. Needless to say the power of painting and meditation did indeed heal me- body mind and spirit. Please enjoy.