ArtWelcome to the Colorful World of Duppies and Uppies!
The 2018 Duppies & Uppies Wall Calendars are now available for purchase!
Click on the image to purchase your Duppies & Uppies (landscape) wall calendar. For a limited time, you can purchase the calendars online. You can’t find this unique calendar anywhere else, and watermarks on the cartoons will be removed prior to shipping!
Click on the image to purchase your Duppies & Uppies (portrait) wall calendar. For a limited time, you can purchase the calendars online. You can’t find this unique calendar anywhere else, and watermarks on the cartoons will be removed prior to shipping!
Do you like to surround yourself with art that delights and inspires? Art that you can share with family, friends, and even strangers, to find common ground? Art that lightens your load and makes you want to get up in the morning? You’re in the right place! My duppy and uppy cartoons are designed to uplift the soul and warm the heart. Interested?
Let’s get started!
Who am I, and what is my art about?
I’m a biologist, author, and artist who delights in exploring the messy, dynamic landscape of the human mind. Inspired by science, Caribbean folklore, and the works of Dr. Seuss and Pema Chodron, I excavate, through creativity, the archetypal, malevolent “demons” that hide within all of us. By drawing them out―both literally and figuratively―I expose these psychological tricksters to the light of day, where they can be transformed into powerful allies. It’s inspiring work that has transformed my life, and I’m thrilled to share it!
What are duppies and uppies?
Duppies are a part of Caribbean folklore, with roots in Central Africa. They are mythical, malevolent spirits who come out only at night and run around the islands performing mischievous deeds. Hawaii has its own version of these dwarf people: the Menehune, who live in the deeply forested valleys, hidden from view. Ghosts and spirits exist in all cultural traditions, but their real home is the deep recesses of our minds. The duppies of our psyche drive unconscious, destructive patterns of thinking, emoting, and behaving. But once they are recognized and lightened up with humor and perspective, they lose their power. They become shadows of their former selves and slink away, where they belong.
The word uppy is my own invention, and refers to the inner “angels” that guide us on the path toward greater acceptance and inner peace. These helpful creatures represent our best selves. They remind us that even in great difficulty, we have the strength to keep going, with grace and love.
I invite you to check out my Preview Gallery below. The cartoons will soon be available for sale, with the watermarks removed! Enjoy!
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