Connect to the Hidden Mystery

Nightfall abstract painting by Harold RothHave you ever been out in the woods alone and felt maybe a little scared but something else too--something big, something like awe and an unexpected unity with the world around you? A feeling that everything around you is more alive than you expected, deeper, and that you're a part of that too? That's the place I try to transmit in my paintings. I want my art to help reveal the spiritual beauty hidden just beneath the surface of our material world, so that when you look at them, even if you're sitting at your desk at work, you are reminded of just how awe-inspiring and wonderfully mysterious our natural world can be--and that you are part of that too.

My landscape paintings focus on uncovering the natural world’s hidden mystical aspects. In my abstract paintings, I try to bring out the beauty of planetary energies or particular deities. I feel like abstraction is a more inclusive way to depict the spirit world--less baggage--and that color and line help with an understanding of magical energies. 

Painting not only emphasizes what is beautiful in my experience of the world, but allows me to pull out and examine my own hidden depths. Making art helps me find more unity between my self and the world and acts as a magical or spiritual tool to connect me to the spirits and to the divine. But even if painting had no spiritual or magical point, I would do it for the sheer joy of color and line. 

I studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early seventies, but life happened and I had to drop out. I kept doing art for myself, but not in any professional way. After working in watercolors and colored pencil for decades, I switched to acrylics because of the number of glazes that this medium allows me to employ. Multiple acrylic glazes help me create depth and glow in my paintings and facilitate a deep richness of color that I could not attain with watercolors.

I have not only original paintings but prints available for all the works on this site. I am open to doing commissions of abstract subjects related to spiritual, esoteric, or magical concepts. You can contact me at

"Chthonia" in "Abstracts," March 2016, Light Space Time Gallery.
"Nightfall" and "Moon Over Water" in "Skies," March 2016, Colors of Humanity Gallery.