About the Artist
Terry McMaster is a painter, photographer, psychotherapist, teacher and researcher. He explores dreams, stories, histories, images and people’s inner process. He’s an addiction therapist, assisting people into recovery from chemical dependence. He’s kept 40 years of his own dream journals, and assists others with their dreams. He researches 18th century New England gravestone designs.
My paintings are acrylic on paper, varying from 5″x7″ to 3’x5′. They are created from the unconscious process within me. I just paint and intend no specific outcome. Shamanic and animal images often emerge.
Terry’s work, “Boat of the Dream,” also appears on the cover of this issue of Depth Insights.
Land is an inescapable condition of life, the prime material of our origins and destiny. It’s often in the relationships between earthly elements that we can find the possibilities of body, soul and spirit. The connections are the fabric of life itself.
It’s through painting that Peter Cameron learns about listening and perception. For him, it’s an exploration and a questioning of all things interior and exterior, including processes of imagination.
Peter is largely self taught and has been painting, drawing and sculpting most of his life. With many group shows and about 20 solo shows, his works are collected privately and by various public institutions. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
“We see and hear what we are open to noticing”
—Jerome S. Bernstein
The painting results from substantial relationship with this ancient lake in the old Willandra system. The Lachlan river ceased flowing out here some 18,500 years ago. Incredible climatic fluctuations over the millennia have affected the very existence of all species of fauna and flora including the megafauna. The Muthi Muthi people work profoundly with this knowledge.
Though elements of this living land move relentlessly, sentient memories of all forms live on. Much remains hidden in layers of consciousness, like the countless ancient human cremations and burials. I’ve been shown human sites which are 120,000 years old. Here the past has dominion over the present. Often, time collapses altogether. This is a tender, personal and collective living museum. Temenos like in its focus and locus, it is itself a massive creation story.
We come as guests into the integrity of this crucible of a place. If we listen carefully, the stories unfold. Painting ‘en plein air’ enables direct contact.
For the past 13 years Sydney Solis has been enchanting, educating and entertaining children and adults through story and yoga with Storytime Yoga® and Mythic Yoga. She has apeared on PBS and published dozens of books, ebooks and audios on storytelling and yoga, including the best selling award-nominated book Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story, (2006 The Mythic Yoga Studio). Visit her websites at www.StorytimeYoga.com, MythicYoga.com and SydneySolis.com
Laura Smith is a dream seeker, offering one-on-one dream consultation to individuals in the US and abroad. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her partner of 19 years raising heritage breed livestock on their 78 acre farm. When she’s not wrangling sheep, you can find her painting or writing in her studio, connecting to the healing energy of the earth, or engaged in laughter and general mayhem with her friends and family on various parts of the globe. She regularly blogs about her journey through dreams on the dream blog In Search of Puella and her art work has been has been featured in several publications and ezines including DeLuge Magazine (2011, 2012, 2015 re-launch), Collective Magazine (2014), Still Point Arts Quarterly (2014), ARAS, The Poetry Portal (2014), The Light Ekphrastic (2015) and The Global Question (2016). Find out more about Archetypal Dreamwork with Laura Smith on her website www.archetypaldreamworks.com.
Fragments & Reflection
by Maree Brogden
human body dualist
the archetypal form is two
authenticity of archaic origins
life is the central story
the imagery primitive
it draws light
of modernity lives
the shadowed spirit
is the heart
I rely upon
to stand my ground
it is sometimes
only when I dance in two minds
Maree Brogden is a registered Arts Psychotherapist (AThR) and Artist, who has various practice interests, which integrate the depth psychologies, (http://www.depthpsychologyalliance.com/profile/MareeBrogden).
The imagery of the poem, “Fragments & Reflection”, is inspired by an oil pastel drawing (23.4 x 33.1 in, 594 x 841 mm) that was originally rendered by Maree as a part of the work completed for a dissertation of primary research, submitted for her Master of Arts degree in 2006.
In this work, a photograph of the image is transformed into a digital graphic, which is manipulated in response to the subject of a paper written by Maree for presentation at a mental health conference in 2016. The central meaning of the image, of Psyche, is the dual-mind, symbolic of the relationships of self and other, a private and an external life.