Galleries – Works of Spiritrealism

For over 30 years my painting has focused primarily on the landscape. A passion that still occupies me to this day. I work to uncover the universal language contained within the natural world, filling the common daily setting with an aura of mystical divinity and the suggestion of other worldly experiences. However, on occasion I create works that don’t fit into neat categories, this page contains a few of these. Regardless of stylistic approach or genre, I see my path as an artist as a way of life, a way seeing and being in the world, a way of showing up and being human – making connection with compassionate awareness. I have always said the greatest work of art, is the way we live our life, joining in the creation to manifest something that is hopefully, more than the sum of it’s parts, as well as a thing of beauty and contribution of positive energy into the world. In the 1970’s I coined the term Spiritrealism to describe this, how, for the lack of a better word, -the spiritual – can manifest in the so-called mundane realities of every day life. “We are given the opportunity to participate in creation every day of our lives. Creating art is a form of worship, a form of spirituality born through creative living that connects us to the cultivation of humanity and the fabric of the universe. A process that has been going on since the dawn of civilization”. – Masla


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas

Inspiration for the title of this painting, (as well as a key figure lifted from it), is Francesco Goyas’ “3rd of May, Execution of the Defenders of Madrid”. Honoring the victims (and lamenting for the barbarism) of those that were executed after rebelling against Napoleons take over of Madrid. One of the first and most powerful anti-war, anti-fascist paintings of its kind, gets a strong nod hear. The 30th of May is certainly not the first persecution of the Defenders of Real Democracy, when our government has acted more like a fascist state then a civilized Democracy, (there are numerous such instances within my short lifetime alone), but it marks a significant fascist act during a time of great polarization in our society that has fueled and led to many more such acts. History will note the 30th of May was when George Floyd was brutally murdered by Minnesota Police, sparking social outrage and protest. Within days the “leader” of the Free World” pulled his publicity stunt in front of the St. John’s Episcopal church and the administration, (William Barrs order) had sent a violent “goon squad”- (Federal Officers  in riot gear that “tear gassed” – fired pepper balls and flash-bang grenades) to break up peaceful protesters at Lafayette Park near the front of the white house, (a number of the protesters were senior Clergy and members of the church). These victims of this fascist violence are the very persons that these “goons” (dict. def.: a bully or thug, especially one hired to terrorize or do away with opposition), had they been acting honorably are payed to protect – you, me and all the Citizens of a Real Democracy, who have a constitutional right to peaceful protest. The painting does not just draw on that one event, but several from around the country. I’ll point out several of the symbolic elements, (aside from the obvious reference to Goya), in the details of the painting below


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas
Detail 1


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas
Detail 2


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas
Detail 3


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas
Detail 4


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas
Detail 5


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas
Detail 6


Unrecognized Essential Workers Series: 30th of May, 2020, Persecution of the Defenders of a Real Democracy
Cobra oil on 48″ x 72″ Fredrix canvas