Eastern Symbols

THE MYSTERIOUS EAST, with its more than 5,000 year old Vedic culture, has much to offer the West. Many of their age-old herbal formulas have been proven to have dramatic effects on improving health without the side effects of our Western pharmaceuticals. Eastern spiritual practices and philosophies are having an increasing impact on our own culture and world view. The recent revival of ancient meditation techniques is gaining popularity in the West. Significant bodies of scientific research are proving profound health benefits from these ancient practices and herbal formulas. That may help account for the practitioners’ empirical reports of finding inner peace and fulfillment.

We are fortunate on occasion to be commissioned to create stained glass windows for this time-honored traditional culture. There is no better way to express the religious heritage and culture of ancient India, whose goal is enlightenment, than through the medium of light. As "Surya", the sun, moves across the eternal sky, each day new light is transformed by the stained glass window into art radiating through the inner space of the installations environment into the viewers eyes, mind, and soul.


Left: Lakshmi represents wealth, fortune, power, beauty, and abundance. She is enchantingly beautiful draped in a red sari, standing on a lotus blossom and holding lotus flowers in her hands. The white elephant, symbol of rain clouds showers her with water to bring life to parched land.

Ganesha or Ganapati is the destroyer of all obstacles. He also represents education, knowledge, wisdom, literature, and the fine arts. This window was designed and built for a restaurant in Davenport, Iowa.