Palnita, Art of the Ancient Americans

Palnita, Art of the Ancient Americans (pen and ink, 2011) is an abstract drawing inspired by the inhabitants of North America, as they existed approximately twelve thousand years ago.

The blues, greys and greens form a purposeful shape that evokes the original Americans’ way of life. The drawing’s outline of an arrowhead, axe, and pummel represents the basic tools for hunting, defense, and construction—the essentials for living.

The intricate interior design of man reaching across open country symbolizes the peoples’ journey from the Bering land passage from Asia to the northwestern edge of North America, with outstretched fingers straining to find an allegorical coast of perpetuity that was just out of reach.

The sizable emerald formation at the heart of the drawing represents the land’s natural riches, while the obsidian dagger symbolizes the rituals and faiths of the thousands of tribes who inhabited the great continent.

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For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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