Hanging 3 – untitled

This was the first commissioned hanging and the third one I painted. My friends Tracy and Murray saw the ones I’d created to cover up spaces in my house and wanted me to paint them one. I decided to do one for their wedding present (since I became a marriage commissioner for a day and presided over the ceremonies and actually married them 8 months before – and… yes, sheepishly I admit I hadn’t actually gotten around to getting them a present yet). Quite an honour for me!

There are Runes all along the border of this one representing fire, earth, mountain, wind, heaven, earth, lake and wind. Ace and Muzz are very outdoorsy people, and I wanted to represent that throughout the hanging.

The three people dancing under the sun (in view of the mountains) are Tracy, Murray, and Murray’s son Jeff.

Tossed in a hummingbird (for native symbol of love, beauty, intelligence, spirit messenger: and the symbol of a deep and abiding love) coming out from a pair of healing hands (represents the presence of man (or woman.. let’s be politically correct here), his or her work, achievements and legacy. It also represents the direction of the creative spirit). Tracy is also a huge kokopelli fan, so that is just for her.

Also threw in various symbols, including: The Ladder of Transmigration (the soul’s pilgrimage from earthly existence to paradise. During the 16th century it was used to signify levels of increased awareness, and is therefore also a synonym to the alchemical symbol, the golden chain of Homer); The Tibetan symbol for the origins of the universe which shows a seed of the universe rotating clockwise in the spiral of potential energy; the eye of the medicine man (tantamount to wisdom and awareness); and alchemist sign for essence; a symbol meaning family (probably Spanish in origin); Nsoromma (the child of the heavens (stars) and also a symbol of guardianship; The Zia, named for Zia Pueblo, who first used it, and is another symbol of the sun, and also represents the four directions and the circle of life on earth; and lastly the turtle (a symbol of long, meaningful life as well as for travel and navigation).

Mags – We can’t say thanks enough for the wall hanging. We absolutely love it. It’s the focal point of our living room where we get to admire it all of the time. Our guests regularly are wowed by it (as are we) because it’s so unique and filled with so many interesting and though-out symbols and art. Dawson’s (our new son) favorite thing to look at is your wall hanging. He just stares and stares at it – I put him down on his little play mat with 25 critters and things dangling to capture his attention and develop his brain, and what’s he do, turns his head so he can stare beyond it at your
wall hanging in the distance. – Tracy & Murray –

June 2002 / Calgary, Alberta