Illuminated Calligraphy
Text, artwork, and calligraphy are all  by me.  The
lettering and  some of the designwork are done in
India ink.  Other media used are pigment inks, metallic
inks, Prismacolor pencil and watercolor.  

Incorporated into the detailed decorati
ve carpeting are
numerous Celtic-style knotwork patterns, which are
composed of a single line that weaves over and under
itself and back to its own beginning, symbolizing
eternity and unity, thus a fitting emblem of marriage.

1088-P    LOVE & MARRIAGE Print
Limited edition of only 100, printed using
state-of-the-art Giclee process, on Hahnemuhle 100%
cotton rag.  Image size same as the original (11" x 8").  
Each print is signed and numbered by hand.  Paper
size 14" x 11".  
SOLD OUT.  Sorry, but you can order this image as a
poster or plaque, as well as a number of other items,
my CafePress store
The central text of this piece is the well known passage from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" wherein Polonius advises his departing
son,"This above all: to thine own self be true and it must follow as the night the day, that thou canst not then be false to any
man." The miniature watercolor paintings in the upper and lower areas correspond to the day and night referred to in this

Woven into the overall design are six additional passages addressing the theme of personal authenticity.  Included are
quotations from Lao Tse, Euripides, Chaucer, Wittier, Lessing and Thoreau, spanning 2400 years.   A further expression of the
overall theme is found in the Celtic knotwork designs in which a single line weaves over and under itself and back to its
beginning, a fitting symbol for personal integrity.

Image size 11 5/8" x 8 3/8".  The original is done in India ink, pigment inks, metallic inks, watercolor and 23-1/2k pearl gold on
d'Arches  140 lb hot-pressed 100% rag paper.

438 - TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE framed original  - $1425  (Sorry - not currently available)

438-P   THIS ABOVE ALL Print
Limited Edition Print (250 prints total).  Each one is individually signed and numbered.  
Image size same as original.  Paper size 14 1/4" x 11"

Latin for "Love conquers all."

This piece was drawn on
parchment paper using India ink,
metallic ink, Prismacolor pencils
and pigment inks.

The original is already
SOLD, but
framed prints as well as notecards,
T-shirts, tiles, mugs - and even
baby onesies! - are available at my
Cafe Press shop  (see link at left)  
BENEDICTION  (Numbers 6:24-6, Old Testament)

The text of this ancient blessing is written in Old English script in sepia
ink. Other media used are pigment inks, gold metallic ink and watercolor.
The 9 7/8" x 6" original piece is on acid-free 140 lb. 100% rag d'Arches
watercolor paper. The detailed designs, especially the knot work, were
inspired by the "carpet" pages of the Book of Kells, an 8th century Irish
illuminated manuscript created at the monastery on the island of Iona,
then later moved to the monastery at Kells for safety from raiders.  It is
now at Trinity College, Dublin, where I actually got to view it and other
medieval manuscripts in person!

440-P   BENEDICTION Print     
Limited edition of 250 prints total:  same image size as original.  Paper
size 14" x 11" .  Print is rolled gently and shipped in a sturdy mailing

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When I first came across
images of the illuminated
manuscripts produced in
monasteries in the British Isles
as early as the 800's, I was
immediately taken with the
sumptuousness of design and

At the time, it did not yet occur
to me that it was a bit ironic that
monks living within damp,
bone-chilling stone walls, with
the most meager of creature
comforts, could be inspired to
create some of the most
intricately-designed, luminously
painted manuscripts of the
Western world.  All I knew was
that they made me want to
make my own "carpet" pages of
geometric patterns,
continuous-line knotwork and
zoomorphic shapes.

Eager to take my own
handlettering, which I'd been
doing since 1978, to a different
level by incorporating these
ancient design ideas, I studied
facsimiles of old illuminated
manuscripts to learn the
principles of Celtic interlacing  
-  poring over whatever images
I could find on the internet and
in the local library  -  so that I
could create my own original
knotwork designs.

This process led to my
becoming more aware of the
geometric patterns and shapes
all around me - from the
embossing on a paper napkin
in a diner, to the
Greek-inspired design on the
linoleum floor of a funky little
beach house we rented, to the
beautiful Moorish mosaics
featured on a Smithsonian
magazine cover.

At first the complexity of Celtic
knotwork was a bit daunting:  
how to create a decorative
design that not only stands on
its own with aesthetic integrity
but is also true to the principle
of the neverending line which
crosses over and under itself
and eventually back to its own
beginning.  After a while,
though, it started to become
part of me.  It was an "aha"
experience that gave rise to a
whole new, and very fulfilling,
mode of visual expression for

New, yes, but also very old.  
Many times I have visited in my  
mind the ascetic calligraphers
of hundreds of years ago,
working in their scriptoria:  
those monks whose rich
imagination lead to the
ethereal, illuminated pages that
might never be equaled.  And
always I am in awe of - and
forever indebted to - their
creative vision as well as the
example of their exquisitely
careful execution.

- Gail
"Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me,"  from a
song by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller, lyrics used with kind
permission from
Jan-Lee Music .  To hear the song sung , go to
You Tube and type in the title;  there are many beautiful versions
to listen to.

The original piece was drawn, hand lettered and painted with ink
and watercolor on sheepskin vellum.  It is carpeted with intricate
Celtic style interlacings, mandalas,  and geometric patterns.  
Image size 8 1/4" x 10 3/4".  It is double matted with an antique
gold matte finished liner and off-white stucco textured top mat.  
The outside dimensions of the antique gold, beaded frame are
19 1/2" x 24 1/2".  

1182-P   PEACE print.  Limited edition of 250, each one
individually signed and numbered.   Paper size 11" x 17"       

Click on any image for
an enlarged view.

Then click again  for a
really detailed image.
Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, which begins, "Two
roads diverged in a yellow wood ..."  - hence the
autumnal watercolor motif.

The central design, done in carefully drawn Celtic knot
work, represents the four cardinal directions, apropos
of  deciding in which direction to go.

The original is
SOLD, but prints and other items with
this image can be purchased at
my Cafe Press store.

The original is
SOLD, but items
featuring this "Carpe
Diem" image are
available at
CafePress store.
(Mugs, note cards,
prints, calendars,
framed tiles, T shirts
.... all kinds of stuff!)
Limited edition
signed & numbered
prints are SOLD

But posters, wall
plaques, etc. are
available  at my
Cafe Press store
This piece was
featured on the
cover of Congregational
Magazine as well
as in an article