"Hope is the Upside. But if you’re upside down, looking Down, instead of Up.
You don’t even know it’s there.”
- Brownboy Love


The luminous beauty and empowering love found in the images of this work
reflect the divine consciousness emblazoned upon the blueprint of our universe.
It is in the waves of the ocean and the spinning of galaxies.
Illumination of the incomprehensible perfection of all that is
manifests in the intentions and devotion that have inspired accomplishments of triumphant creativity and expression.

It is in temples in India, cathedrals in Spain, Mosques in Turkey, Churches in America,
and the spiritual rituals, ceremonies, celebrations, and dazzling colors of Devotion and Faith.

In a conscious decision to embrace eternity and reach for divinity
in beliefs that have been blossoming since the dawn of creation,
mankind reaches beyond the limitations of space and time, into the transcendental,
for inspiration, direction, peace of mind, and Hope.
This work is dedicated to the truth embodied in all of the world’s true religions
​Shadoe Stevens

"HOPE" - 54” x 108” canvas, stretched & varnished,
​gallery wrapped 


The Vision for "Rocky Waters" 

To explore the face of Doubt, Fear of the Unknown, and the Nature of Hope.


I set out to create works that reflect the enormity and  complexity of emotional states

triggered by the yeah-buts and what-ifs 

through dense imagery and colorful optical illusions.  


The mind is bombarded by endless conflicting thoughts and impulses 

moment to moment, so I set out to create a series of pieces

that would givea fleeting glimpse of mind-sets at various States of Change. 


The Suite is a Visual and Auditory journey through Challenging Times

by way of Narrative, intensely colorful and engaging Images,

and a brilliantly subtle combination of meaty depth with a dollop of wit - 

humor so subtle it is barely recognizable as humor
because it doesn't make you laugh or even smile,

but may come back later when you least expect it.
I call this kind of humor:
Time-Released Mirth.  


I call the artistic approach:Transcendental Wha Hoo.

The Trans-Dimensional Symbolism of Rocky Waters" Suite

DOOMSDAY
Our world is filled with madness. We are bombarded daily with countless stories of terror, tragedy, and hatred.
It has become a mind-numbing assault on the world’s collective consciousness.
Fear and dread have become the norm, and even our most successful entertainment has become shock driven. 


Doomsday explores the face of reality, doubt, and the constant barrage of media-driven fear,

in a work of dense imagery and colorful optical illusions.

This is an unsettling visual journey through intensely colorful and

engaging - sometimes terrifying, sometimes humorous - imagery.


Doomsday  was commissioned by Farley Malorrus in an effort to visualize how 
mankind has its focus on some kind of imminent inevitable:

chaos, death, destruction, and extermination of everything around us.

"DOOMSDAY" - 54” x 108” canvas, stretched & varnished,

gallery wrapped 

HOPE

Amid the madness of a world in turmoil, 
at this moment, with every breath 
there are countless millions in every religion and 
spiritual practice praying for peace, strength, solutions, 
courage, and the power to triumph over adversity.

Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists, 
Jews, Jains, Taoists, and Baha’is, 
Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Confucianists, and Shintoists,
Shamanists, and Native American medicine men
find unity, love, direction, 
inspiration and solutions from Within.

Consciousness changes everything.
So we dive into the inexhaustible, 
ever-expanding wonder and  
divine intoxication 
of the Supreme Universal Self.


To go to the " Rocky Waters" Suite
and see each image with audio narration

CLICK HERE

DOOMSDAY

The  collective assault of  negative, horrifying 
images, ideas, events, emotions, and realities 
in an inferno of hatred, anger, and resentment 
for atrocities real and imagined;
inflamed by news media and the internet;
zombie-filled entertainment, movies, shows, games:
and countless tales of mankind fighting to conquer 
never-ending assaults, invasions, and abominations;
creates a frenzied consciousness of dread,
an overwhelming conviction that we are doomed. 

This is the 21st century brain, certain of 
the terminal cataclysm, the imminent inevitable, 
the final collapse, the go-bonkers, 
the Mother Kali, the blown fuse, the big debacle, 
the last hemorrhage, the mighty annihilation, 
the end of all things and final Act of God.

"MAP" / GLOSSARY

To find descriptions and meaning behind the more than one hundred images, symbols, masters, quotes, and leaders.  

CLICK HERE

INVISIBLE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN "HOPE"

To read about religions of the world, science, a position on atheism, and why we have every reason the be Hopeful.

CLICK HERE

Click below to see the video introduction and descriptions of the Rocky Waters Suite

A  NOTE FROM SHADOE STEVENS

The Galerie Michael Show was a great success. Thank you to all my friends, family, and visitors who showed up in support of this gala event. Among the hundreds of people were Craig Ferguson, Joe Mantegna, Director Paul Feig, and a huge number of friends I hadn't seen for years. The gallery said it was one of the biggest and loudest receptions ever.  


What's most remarkable is that "Galerie Michael," at 224 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, is the top gallery on the west coast and I was surrounded by Picasso and Salvador Dali. How did I get there? It's the kind of mysterious and unexpected magic
​the Rocky Waters series explores: the inexplicable perplexity of unlimited possibilities.