I was born in Scotland in 1958, into an artistic family and my own children have also inherited this gift. I dropped out of art college to start a family and I've devoted my life to raising my five wonderful children ever since. In my duration at college, the conventional history of Egyptian art which we were taught struck me as implausible. I was certain the pyramids of Giza had been constucted for some unknown purpose by a race far in advance of ourselves. Even the exquisite gold death mask of Tutankamun, exhibits expertise and culture beyond the capabilities of primitive people. And why the obsession with death and the afterlife?
I sought answers to these questions. My search led to Atlantis which, for me, holds the key. But from Atlantis, I found myself drawn into a strange and mysterious world, part physical and part spiritual, entered in life and death, through vortices…. gateways. It was the mythical underworld, the realm of the 'old gods' which has existed since the dawn of time, but remained hidden below the ground. Initiates who enter this world in their astral body are sworn to secrecy, but throughout history and up to the present, certain people have been privileged to visit the Inner-Earth and returned to tell an enchanting tale. They describe its 'futuristic' yet prehistoric civilization… and few believe them. Many others, it seems, have remained! We know of this domain by various names – Amenti, Avalon, Agartha,Valhalla and Shambhala. The book contains nine chapters with a wealth of unusual facts and information about the underworld, which leads to everything from mythical beasts to UFO’s. Whether the underworld is fact or fiction... you be the judge, as one day you may even be judged in this very place!
After finding a copy of the 'Unprecedented Discovery of The Dragon Islands' by Lord Nathaniel Parker R.S. unappreciated in a children's library, I surmised that after one hundred and seventy five years, this unique journal of explorations in the South Pacific is still considered to be a fantasy. However as an artist, I am convinced that the life-drawings contained in Nathaniel Parker's extraordinary work of art appear to have been accomplished by actually observing the mythical animals they portray.
To fabricate the complex anatomical studies in this work, would have required much skill, dedication and a vivid imagination. I cannot imagine what would possess such a prestigious and distinguished gentleman to spend several years at sea contriving an elaborate hoax, which would ultimately lead to his downfall.
I have always supposed that the creatures of mythology were real, perhaps in some distant epoch of prehistory and became extinct, but
if the tale of Lord Nathaniel Parker's adventure in a previously unknown land is genuine, then they still exist! Mythical beasts are a persistent collective memory from the past, they were prolific in the classics and used allegorically in medieval art and Christian literature. Even now they emblazon heraldic coats of arms.
It is a tragedy that after surviving such a perilous voyage Nathaniel was so despicably denounced by the Royal Society, while other explorers of this era were receiving accolades. No credence was given to his claims and so, they were never investigated, but Nathaniel's meticulous journal is a remarkable relic from an age of maritime discovery and he deserves, posthumously, to be recognized for his achievement.
He could easily have retracted his story and regained his credibility, instead Nathaniel chose to spend the rest of his life in pursuit of
the 'Dragon Islands' (which are closer than you know, as others have discovered) and this book is an effort to redeem his besmirched reputation, and shed some light on the forgotten realm he so carefully documented. A wonderful world, which our early predecessors were very familiar with.