Hand Print Paintings

 

   A handprint: a purposeful mark. Contact prints of the hand have a tradition in sacred arts, often as a talisman against the evil eye.  Sometimes functioning as evidence of the physical existence of divine or holy persons, as in the handprints of Buddhist monks. The earliest handprints go back 30,000 years at Chauvet Cave and other prehistoric sites. The message of the handprint is “I was here”. The hand signifies touch, and the ability to create. 

 

    I start with a contact handprint, of either the palm or the back of the hand, or both overlaid on top of each other, and use a traced outline of the hand as well. Then I paint color around it and in layers over it, working further with artist’s brushes, my fingers, airbrush, and splattered painting techniques. The layers, adding both physical and metaphorical substance, enhance the original print, as well as building up a glow, so that the aura becomes luminous. I use color intuitively to express the energy which emanates particularly from the hands. Symbols from sacred traditions are sometimes used to refer to meanings and realities beyond the apparently physical.

 

    Our hands create, and make us human. Because of our opposable thumb, we can grasp tools, and so express our intelligence and imagination. It is my hope that these paintings bring to the viewer an awareness of the marvel of the ability of our hands; to create, to express, to touch. 

My Heart in my Hand
My Heart in my Hand

contact hand print acrylic on cotton 11 x 17 inches

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Adoration 1
Adoration 1

contact hand print and stencils acrylic on cotton

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Adoration 2
Adoration 2

contact hand print and stencils acrylic on cotton

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Blue Hand
Blue Hand

acrylic on paper 13” x 10”

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He Sealeth Up the Hand
He Sealeth Up the Hand

mixed media on paper 10” x 8” Job 37:7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

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Untitled stencil print
Untitled stencil print

stencil print acrylic on paper 28.5 in H x 22.5 W

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How Things Work
How Things Work

acrylic on paper 13.5” x 10.5”

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Daughter’s Hand
Daughter’s Hand

mixed media on paper 13” x 9.5”

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Copper & Iron
Copper & Iron

mixed media on paper 10” x 8”

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Black & Gold Hand
Black & Gold Hand

acrylic & ink on paper 12.5” x 9.5”

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Sacred Hand
Sacred Hand

Mixed media: menstrual blood, wine, smoke, and acrylic on paper. 11 x 8 in.

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Yellow Blood Hands
Yellow Blood Hands

Menstrual blood and acrylic on paper 12” x 16”

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Message
Message

acrylic on paper 11” x 8.5”

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Love Prayer
Love Prayer

Menstrual blood and acrylic on paper 12” x 14” Syriac script: This is the door full of love and within it is love Come, sinner, pray much For love from your Lord

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Logos & Pistis
Logos & Pistis

Logos & Pistis acrylic on paper 9” x 12” “Reason is our soul's left hand, Faith her right.” - John Donne

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Severity & Mercy
Severity & Mercy

acrylic on paper 12” x 8.5” "Remember that unbalanced force is evil; that unbalanced severity is but cruelty and oppression; but that also unbalanced mercy is but weakness which would allow and abet evil. " ~ Liber Librae

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Queen Tamara
Queen Tamara

acrylic on paper 10” x 8”

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Gold Hand
Gold Hand

acrylic on paper 10.25” x 8.5”

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Orange Hand
Orange Hand

mixed media on paper 10” x 8”

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Grandmother
Grandmother

Grandmother mixed media on paper 11” x 8.5”

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Red Hand
Red Hand

mixed media on paper 11” x 8.5”

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Yellow Hand
Yellow Hand

mixed media on paper 11” x 8.5”

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Banishing Demons
Banishing Demons

Banishing Demons acrylic on paper 10" x 7"

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Copper Gold Hand - left
Copper Gold Hand - left

acrylic on board 9.5” x 7”

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Copper Gold Hand - right
Copper Gold Hand - right

acrylic on board 9.5” x 7”

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