Bunnies For Beltane

19 x 19 x 3
Beaded Mandala

As a precocious child, one of my burning questions was, what do bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter and a guy on a cross? That question, and others like it, sent me down a road of no return. I lost my religion down that road, but in the process I gained something I thought was more potent, my spirituality.

As fun as my art is to look at for the observer, it offers me the opportunity to work out personal issues as I create it. Beadwork is time intensive, it provides me with hours of dedicated time to ponder inner conflicts. Bunnies for Beltane, is one such piece.

When I was about 10, I asked the first of many questions that would upset my catholic grade school teachers. We were studying Noah and his ark at the time. “If he is such a loving god, why did he kill all those people?” I hesitantly asked. As I was sitting in the hallway, my face stinging from the slap the nun visited on me, I pondered the look on her face. It was not anger as I would have thought, it was fear. Why?


Slaps and harsh words were all I endured, I was one of the lucky ones. I look back on that time now and realize it helped me to think for myself. It made me question authority, and not blindly follow any doctrine.


Over the years I have researched beliefs from around the world. The stories associated with each are very similar. They have borrowed from the other in an attempt to make their story more palatable to their audience.

But in the end we all choose what to believe in because it gives us what we need.
Emotional strength …
Purpose to our life …
The satisfaction that we won’t just be a bag of bones in the ground at the end…

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.