Some personal upheaval has made me a bit less post-prolific here lately. But lifting my head out of the grotto for a moment to share the work of Emil Bisttram. He was a member of the Transcendentalist Painting Group alongside one of my art heroines, Agnes Pelton. Members sought to depict the spiritual experience through contemplative, non-representational work that explored themes of harmony, refinement, and enlightenment. The drew heavily on Theosophy, Swedenborgianism, and other occult systems. Bisttram's paintings offer a means for centering and elevating the self.