"Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it." ~ Dschalāl ad-Dīn ar-Rūmī

The meso-, meta-, micro- and macro-cosmos (the connecting, overarching, miniscule and mega-large), gardens, flowers, mythology, and the existential battle between light and shadow is the inspiration of the art and illustrative work on this blog. I meditate on flowers and observe how the light gives birth to beauty and how light aids colors and forms to emerge from shadow and darkness. The illustrative work on this blog engages with animals, florals, herbs, culture, mystical and psychological themes.

For over a millenium, plant motifs in the form of vines, leaves, flowers, fruits, and trees were most frequently used in the art of the Islamic world. Fine Art as we understand it in the modern Western sense (as a self-reflecting discipline in itself)  did not exist yet. Artistic ideas in Islam were and are expressed in many facets, amongst them in the healing arts as supreme form of artistry. Architecture, gardening, medicine, mathematics, geometry, decorative arts, all were destined to merge into the “fine healing art of Islamic art”, that is to enlighten, inspire and heal the senses, the body, the mind and the human spirit through reflection on our Oneness with God.

Since 2016 I exhibit work from this blog at venues, festivals and gardens. Merken