Ladders, Fences, and Archetypes

The White Sun Sleeps  Inside a Pink Sky

The White Sun Sleeps
Inside a Pink Sky

“In my case Pilgrim’s Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.”

Carl Jung

I’ve referenced Jung’s archetypes in my paintings for years.  The idea of the ladder as a tool for ascension has always fascinated me, or in Jung’s quote climbing down into our basic element.

Recently a friend asked me why all the fences in my work?

A fence is just a ladder on its side.

The fence moves horizontally and is a ladder at rest.

Like most of us, our ascension is not so up and down but back and forth, rolling like fences through the hills.

Blue Skies Pour Like Milk into a Field

Blue Skies Pour Like Milk into a Field

Snap Shot

Snap Shot

The Queen and the Cowboy

The Queen and the Cowboy

Happy New Year & Welcome 2014!

Samuel McFarland McLemore

“Samuel McFarland McLemore”  by Cheryl Finfrock
acrylic painting on claybord


“The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence”
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets

I am a T.S. Eliot fan and am fascinated by the delineation of year end and year beginning, the past and and it’s relationship to the present and future.

This painting, “Samuel McFarland McLemore”, is inspired by my great grandfather. He is the father of my maternal grandfather Roy McLemore.  Samuel was born in Jasper, Texas a few months before Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. He was skinny as a pole and known to wear two pairs of glasses at once.


Samuel McFarland McLemore

Photo of Samuel McFarland McLemore




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