Wendilyn Emrys, B.A.
Archæomythologist, Artist, Historian & Researcher 

Art Gallery



Life Giver
"Life Giver"
24"w x 20"h
Acrylic and Metallic Paints on Canvas
Property of a Private Collector, California

The subject of this painting is a combination of three Ancient Egyptian Goddesses Neith, Anukis, and Satis ((in Ancient Egyptian "Neit" "Nit" or "Nrt", "Anket", and "Satjit" or "Satet"). Neith is the great Creatrix-Goddess of Sais, who created herself from the primordial floodwaters, gave birth to the world and the first Goddesses and Gods. She gave birth to the Great God Re, the sun. Neith is said to have "invented birth" and "illuminated the first face". Her name means either "That Which Is" or "The Terrifying." Anukis is Goddess of the Cataract region, and is shown wearing a feather crown of unusual shape and sometimes appears as a vulture. Anukis' name can mean either "the Embracer" or "the Strangler". Satis' name means "the Thrower" or "the Shooter", and she carries a bow and arrows (which are also associated with Neith), although the original meaning seems to refer to the falling waters of the Cataract that throw and shoot themselves over the rocks. Anukis and Satis were worshipped at the First Cataract and both are associated with the God Khnûm, with Satis functioning as his wife and Anukis as their daughter. This divine family was seen as the source of the Nile.

Here we see Neith-Anukis-Satis standing amidst the primordial floodwaters from which she has arisen. Flowing through and around her are the waters that she infuses with her creative will. Above her are the sun and moon. The bones of the mountains stand out fertile and black behind the wall of water that flows over them. Mists cover the edge of the waterfall as her white-silver energy flows throughout the world, working its creative magic.

The red chevron marks at her throat, solar plexus, and womb represent the Creatrix Goddess in her Water/Bird/Snake form, which in turn represents Life/Death/Rebirth. The flowing water is rendered in chevron form to repeat this continuing motif and identification.

Earth Wakes
"Earth Wakes"
24"w x 20"h
Acrylic and Metallic Paints on Canvas 
Owned by a Private Collector, California

The subject of this painting is derived from the concept the Prehistoric Mediterranean Earth Goddess. It was inspired by the statue of the so-called "Sleeping Lady" from the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum in Malta. She is the many-named Goddess of the Earth. She sleeps calmly throughout eternity, but if something disturbs her the whole earth trembles. The red light of an approaching dawn creeps over the mountains behind her. As the energy of the planet beneath her builds almost to the breaking point smaller golden tremors shimmer through the mountains behind her. The rounded energy patterns are reminiscent of the egg that holds energy within its shell, as, the earth holds energy within its crust. From the womb of the Earth Goddess comes life, death and rebirth.

The Morrighan
"The Morrighan" 
20"w x 24"h
Acrylic and Metallic Paints on Canvas 
Owned by a Private Collector, Arizona - September 2000

The subject of this painting is the Ancient Irish/Keltic/Celtic Goddess Morrighan (also referred to as Morrigan, or The Morrighan). Morrighan often appeared in Raven (or Battle-crow) form, in the company of Ravens, or clad in a Raven-feathered cloak. She is the Great Goddess of Life, Sexuality, Conflict, and Death. Her name may mean "Death-Queen", "The Great Queen" or "The Phantom Queen." She is a shape-changer and can appear in many different forms. In her youthful form she may appear as a sternly beautiful woman with red hair and eyebrows wearing a crimson cloak, or Raven-tressed wearing a Raven cloak.Here we see Morrighan in her Bird/Death/Fate Goddess aspect. Morrighan is silver-haired and wears a Raven-feathered cloak with a crimson lining. The clasps of the cloak are Raven shaped attached with a chain of gold. Kneeling on a mountain peak the winds of her power swirl about her as she weaves the fate of a warrior. In her tapestry we see the life of the warrior through birth, childhood, battle, marriage, engendering children, and his latest battle -- of which she now decides the outcome. This image is also reminiscent of the "Washer at the Ford" figure, where to see the "Washer" was a portent of death.The swirl motifs in the tapestry represent the swirling powers of the air, and the chevron motifs represent the Bird/Death/Fate Goddess aspect of Morrighan.


"The Morrighan 2" 
20"w x 24"h
Acrylic and Metallic Paints on A Special Beveled Edged Canvas
Owned by a Private Collector, Arizona - December 2000
 

A special commission for a private collector.  I added Keltic knotwork to the beveled edges of the canvas. The Keltic Knotwork represents some of the animal forms The Morrighan can take -- Raven, Cow, She-Wolf, and Eel. For this version, I chose to model her face after the late Irish actress Mary Ure.

Earth Fire
"Earth Fire" 
20"w x 24"h
Acrylic Paints on Canvas
Owned by a Private Collector, California

The subject of this painting is the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess and Queen of Fire, Pele. Pele lives beneath the craters of volcanoes amidst the molten lava and fire grottoes. Her favorite volcano is Kilauea on the Island of Hawaii. She controls the earthquakes and lava flows on the Hawaiian Islands, and has a family who assists her in her fiery duties. Pele has a beautiful and queenly appearance, and is a courageous warrior in battle. She has the attributes of both the royal and the priestly castes of the ancient islanders. Offerings to Pele are thrown into the craters of the volcanoes to avert eruptions and earthquakes.

Here we see Pele in a womb-shaped crater within an obsidian volcano. The lava which she controls flows around her and up into the world to explode in a fiery eruption. Lightning strikes down from the sky. Pele shakes her battle spear above her head as she invokes her powers. Her spear is of wood, inlaid with razor-sharp obsidian flakes at the point and inlaid with sharks teeth at the base . She is dressed in a skirt of paper-like "Kapa" fabric encircled with a belt of orchids. Her cloak is composed of both the royal yellow "Oo" feathers, and the priestly red "Mamo" feathers.

Pele is the Goddess of Earth Fire who creates land masses and the rich soil which makes them fertile. From fire, steam and lava - earth is born.

Maha Kali
"Maha Kali"
36"w x 48"h
Acrylic & Metallic Gold Paints, Japanese Art Paper, and Acrylic Sculpture Medium on Canvas
Owned by a Private Collector, California

The subject of this painting is the Indic/Hindu Goddess Kali as "Maha-Kali Adya Prathama" which means, "Kali the Transcendent Power of Time, The Origin, The First-Power". Kali is shown giving birth to the Universe. She is the Goddess of both creation and destruction, although to the western mind she is often mistaken as a figure of misfortune. Kali is destruction in which there is liberation. She is an absolute night existing in a time of absolute silence. She stands in deep concentration and stillness as she creates the Universe from the eye of her womb. She is dark because all colors combined are darkness. She is the source of ultimate energy, clad only in space. She has four arms that symbolize the four directions of space. Four is also considered the number of completeness. Four is symbolic of the Earth and of the fulfillment of manifestation. Kali with four arms is "She Who Fulfills All". One hand holds a sword that represents the power of destruction, and the knowledge of immensity that destroys ignorance. Another hand holds an axe with which she shapes the cosmos. Her two remaining hands are in the positions known as "Removing Fear" and "Granting Rewards". Only Kali, who is beyond fear, can remove fear. As the "Permanent One" Kali is the "Giver of Bliss", for in permanence there is bliss.

The mantra "KRIM" is chanted in honour of Kali. It represents the power of time. The sound it makes means "Mother of the Universe". When "KRIM" is chanted one is invoking Kali as the "Seed of the Power of Time", in her aspect of "Kali-Bija". By chanting "KRIM" you are entreating the Goddess Kali to pacify all pain and rid one of sorrow. The "KRIM" mantra helps one to gain detachment, power over death, and leads to knowledge of the transcendent.

Poppy Goddess - Nurturance & Healing
"Nurturance & Healing:
Minoan Poppy Goddess"
18"w x 24"h
Acrylic and Metallic Paints on Marble Ground Artboard
Owned by a Private Collector, California

The subject of this painting is a derivation of a female icon found at the Minoan Postpalatial (c. 1380 - 1110 B.C.E.) sanctuary at Gazi, Herakleion, Crete. This Goddess wears cut opium poppy pods on her crown. There is a great probability the Minoans utilized the Opium Poppy (Papaver somniferum) both medicinally and ritually. It is thought that the juice of the poppy was used to induce a state of ecstasy in her worshippers. She is shown extracting the vital properties of the poppy and capturing the powerful juices in a chalice. Beneath the Goddess is the image of a cow nursing her calf. The cow represents the Goddess in her nurturing form.

Indigenous Dreams... Modern Nightmare
"Indigenous Dreams... Modern Nightmare: Where Once We Were Siblings" 
46"w x 34"h
Acrylic Paints and Mixed Media on Canvas
Owned by a Private Collector, Colorado Springs, Colorado

The subject of this painting is derived from various Native American Creatrix Goddesses. In the center of the composition is a Goddess who combines two Native American mythic concepts. She is "Ptesan-Wi", the "White Buffalo Woman" of the Sioux. "Ptesan-Wi" came to the People as a woman of numinous aspect and startling beauty wearing white buckskin clothing embroidered with porcupine quills of extraordinarily radiant and unearthly colors. She brought civilization, the sacred buffalo-calf pipe, and created the herds of buffalo for the People. She is Goddess, teacher and a white buffalo as well. To this day Native Americans revere the appearance of a white buffalo among the herds, and when one is born (as one recently was) it is a potent portent of great change to come.

She is also an "Huruing Wuhti", who are the Creatrix Goddesses of the Hopi. They populate the earth by creating all creatures from clay. The "Huruing Wuhti" then cover their creations with a "möchápu" ("native cloth"), and sing a "Song of Life" over them. Populated with diverse animals sacred to the various Native American tribes, the core of the composition is the sacred place and time where once we were the peaceful siblings of all other living things. Surrounding this primordial haven of mythic peace are images of the world humanity has created, floating in a river of blood and time.


Mask - Bird / Snake
"Masks of the Goddess - Bird / Snake"
Diameter: 12"
One of a kind Original Artwork
Available for Acquisition: $100.00
(shipping and insurance charges extra depending on destination)


Mask - Death
"Masks of the Goddess - Life, Death, and Regeneration"
Diameter: 12"
One of a kind Original Artwork
Available for Acquisition: $75.00
(shipping and insurance charges extra depending on destination)


Mask - Labrydea
"Masks of the Goddess - Labrydea"
Diameter: 12"
One of a kind Original Artwork
Available for Acquisition: $75.00
(shipping and insurance charges extra depending on destination)

Mask - Seed
"Masks of the Goddess - Seed / Egg" 

Owned by a Private Collector, Arkansas
Diameter: 12"

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