Divine Creation New art in the spirit of Dante. Links to galleries in my twin web art projects are on the Left and Right. The Dante portion was begun shortly after September 11, 2001. This vast metaphysical work is an attempt to bridge gaps. It is also my desire to portray the variety of creation. Some of these pieces are realistic and others are abstract. Viewing one or two galleries will not do justice to this project. Thumbnails within each gallery lead to expanded images in a new window. If you leave the new window open and toggle between the windows, all additional images will open in the same second window. Upper Paradiso and Light Gallery images will take extra time to load because they include a shifting java hue rotation applet. The first one will take the longest to load. On the day I chose "The Inferno" as the title for my story, I subsequently arrived at work to find that someone had placed two copies of Dante's Inferno on my desk, a new copy intended to replace a worn out copy. I was not thinking of Dante when I wrote my allegory, but dozens of new coincidences in the fall of 2000 forced me to take a look at his life. As it turns out, we have much in common, including moving to a city named Verona in our late 30's and writing an Inferno. Both lives exhibit a strong interest in light, in the grand scheme of things, and in portraying both light and dark. In retrospect Danu, the name I intuitively chose for a previous incarnation of the character in my book, translates as Dante (te=you=u), and the character's current name, Pietr, is strikingly similar to that of one of Dante's sons, Pietro. All of these things taken together suggest a connection. I acknowledge the superior artistry of Dante's work, but I believe that my Inferno is more profound than the Comedy. My Inferno is not bound by religious doctrine. It is about Soul, That which is conscious, and the relationship of Soul to this world. The Inferno is my only fiction. My mind is better suited for math (I was elected a member of the Mathematical Association of America at the age of eighteen) and the computer art I now enjoy. I love working with light, but for a time The Inferno was my focus. I had to write it, absolutely had to. You can believe what you want. I am not intellectually certain of anything except for the fact that I am conscious, but I do have to consider that coincidences and my own intuitive writing and art may be ways Spirit communicates with my rigid, linear mind. My Inferno can be read purely as a story, but if you suspend disbelief and imagine that it springs from the same spiritually-oriented spark of awareness that is responsible for the Divine Comedy, its meaning will be greatly enhanced. When you're done, you can pick up your beliefs at the door.