In the summer of 2009 my girlfriend and I participated in an ayahuasca ceremony; my second with Maestro Juan Flores, her first. As is common with ayahuasca, the ceremony was one of profound, personal revelation and healing, but my partner reported something in particular that caught my attention simply as an artist. For a brief moment she saw an out-of-context vision that perplexed her. She saw a “jungle boy” crawling up a massive DNA strand. It inspired me to sketch and I thought I’d gift her with the result, but as we began to integrate the totality of the experience into our changing lives that sketch soon collected dust.
Two years later she is no longer my girlfriend. She is my wife and we now live with our two children in a home in which I’ve recently been able to renovate a studio where I can focus on my art and the things that inspire it. A valued source of such inspiration has become the Evolver Intensives web seminars, specifically those hosted by the Swiss anthropologist, Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge.
I mention these seminars, because three weeks ago the second installment of Mr. Narby’s series began and as I sat before the screen it struck me; The Cosmic Serpent! I rifled through my portfolio, found the aforementioned sketch and began inking it. Today it’s become the finished piece below which I’ve also entitled The Cosmic Serpent. As I release it with this post I thought it would be apt to also thank Jeremy Narby, Jennifer Palmer, Daniel Pinchbeck, Chris Kaplan and everyone who brings these outstanding Evolver Intensive seminars to fruition. The guests have consistently floored me with their insights and I have gleaned much from my time with them. I appreciate your efforts immensely. Thank you so much!