Vision Quest

Vision-Quest-05-5Fall 2005
Oil on Canvas
18” x 24”

Inevitably, being part of community means dealing with the deaths of people we love.

Dwight Clark was a beloved art high school teacher who saved many a jaded alternatively-minded student during his years at our local NeahKahNie High School. His classroom, graced by his own works in progress, was always a beehive of creative activity. In 1997 he organized and inspired several of our graduating young people (including our older son Skye) to make traditional vision quests. Three days alone on Neahkahnie Mountain without food was a powerful experience both for the students who went and the parents who held vigil in base camp.

Dwight’s death from cancer in 2005 was a huge blow to us all.

I was privileged to be a part of his transition process. As I worked on him, burning Traditional Chinese Medicine moxabustion cones on his stomach meridians, he told me about the visions he was having. Three strange spirit creatures came to him to tender courage and healing. A mere shadow of his former physical self, he could no longer paint. So after his passing I was inspired to do one to honor him.

This painting is already sold.