In Greek mythology, GAIA or Gaea, is known as the Earth or Mother Earth (the Greek common noun for "land" is ge or ga). Gaia was an ancient Earth goddess, born from Chaos; the great spacious openness within and of the universe, and with her came Eros. Without a mate, Gaia gave birth to Pontus, the Sea, Ourea, the Sky, and Uranus, the Sky.
Scientists James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis developed The Gaia Hypothesis or Gaia Principle in the 1970’s ~ an ecological theory that describes the living Earth as a complex, coherent set of interconnected living systems. This network of interconnections and the geophysical world comprise a self-regulating, self-regenerating “thin skin of Life” known as the Biosphere. They defined Gaia as the totality of Earth’s biosphere, atmosphere, oceans and soil, which provides a biological communications and feedback system to optimize and stabilize living conditions on Earth.
THE ANGEL GAIA is a vision of the protection of the Earth by a strong angelic force, whatever that may suggest to you. It can be perceived as the Care of the Creation, the active love of the people for our home, a deep sacred protective presence, or the Oneness of consciousness and the Divine.
When I completed this work as the first of four EARTH ANGELS for THE RAMA EXHIBITION, I felt that I had finally succeeded in painting how I feel about life, health, the future, and what is important for our time.
THE ANGEL GAIA is a visual prayer for protection of nature through the awakening of human consciousness. May it be so, and now!