Artistic Process and Perspective
Ipaint whatever I perceive as beautiful. When others appreciate the images that emerge, I feel the work has accomplished its purpose, because the aesthetic value is shared. The works of art include prayerful intention that the paintings may have a positive effect on those who see them. I mean to create art that magnifies enjoyment and well-being. The living Light in everyone provides constant inspiration.
My Beloved Spiritual Master Avatar Adi Da Samraj taught that art can communicate an intangible quality that increases the well-being of the viewer. Art can restore the heart and mind to a greater wholeness, if it connects us to feeling of what transcends human suffering and limitation. Adi Da Revealed through His own extraordinary Images that art can have a healing, transformative effect. His amazing large-format Art of Transcendental Realism can be seen online at Da Plastique.
I engage painting as a contemplative activity, combining the discipline of technique with the feeling, intuitive process of relating to the body, mind, heart and spirit of the persons or subjects I am painting. I use the human figure as a focal point to express the qualities of human vulnerability, strength, grace and joyfulness. Many of my subjects are students known and loved during twenty-five years of school teaching. I paint people from many ethnic backgrounds to celebrate the richness of cultural perspective on our planet.
My paintings represent what I feel is worth preserving and protecting in the world. I am currently interested in combining images of children and young adults with those of endangered (non-human) beings. It is a way to increase awareness of the precarious nature of our fragile earth world.
As I paint, I often turn the canvas upside down or sideways, to approach the visual field from a different perspective. Shifting the canvas also is a way of “tricking the mind” so I do not impose some pre-conceived idea of what an ear or nose, or flower, or cloud, or the shape of anything is “supposed to” look like. It re-sets the perspective, so the painting can be done without imposing my own mental picture of what I think or “know” I am seeing on what is actually there in front of my eyes.
My original work is created using acrylic paint on canvas. Limited-edition archival quality giclées are reproduced from the originals on archival acid-free canvas or paper.
Many of my paintings were created in collaboration with a client, who designed a unique image they wanted to give to family or friends. I totally enjoy working with people to manifest their vision of the unique original work of art they want for their home or office, or to offer to their loved ones as special gifts. I have designed and produced large-scale custom corporate artwork by commission.
Please contact me if you have an idea for a unique work of art!
The Necessary Essence of Art is Love
The necessary essence of art is love. The True Artist is a Sacred Performer. The True Artist must do the magic that causes others to participate in a conditional reality in the sacred sense, or in the sense of love, in the sense of self-transcendence, of ecstasy.
True art should permit and invite self-transcendence. True art is not merely the product of a hero who is able to transcend himself and create something which is then to be passively admired by others. True art has a purpose for others, not merely a purpose for the artist.
To be able to do this, the artist must go through a trial, an ordeal of learning and transcending himself or herself and locating the mysterious creative process that transcends his or her own egoity. When the artist has done that, then his or her creation or performance becomes valuable to others. It must invoke in others the capability to participate in the reality that is about self-transcendence, love, Divine Communion.
Great art is really part of the cultural participation of people. Participation in art forms is what is really significant about art. We live in a time in which participation in art forms is no longer the point – but traditionally, art objects were ceremonial objects, sacred objects that were part of the daily sacred activity of religious and spiritual practitioners. Great art is of that kind. The great tradition of art is healing – resonating the being, serving your equanimity, raising your sympathies, enhancing your existence from a sacred point of view.
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The Healing Effect of Color
When I started painting with acrylic on canvas, I noticed that the qualities of colored pigment had a tangible effect on my mood, emotion, and state of mind. For example, working all day on a primarily “cool” blue painting seemed to have a calming influence, whereas painting in warm red and orange tones was energizing. I did some research and discovered that color has been used for centuries in healing and balancing the body.
The practice of color therapy (or chromotherapy) is an alternative remedy that uses color and light to treat physical or mental health by balancing the body's energy field. Color therapy is based on the concept that colors produce an electrical impulse in the brain, which stimulates hormonal and biochemical processes in the body. These processes can either stimulate or calm us. How does this work?
The human body contains seven major energy centers known as chakras, each responsive to a different color. The chakras are located at the positions of major endocrine glands and correspond to unique states of conscious awareness and personality types. Each chakra energizes and sustains certain organs of the body, in the following structure:
Red--Root chakra, located at the bodily base
Orange--Sacral chakra, located below the navel, corresponding to the sex organs
Green--Heart chakra, located at the heart region
Blue--Throat chakra, located at the throat
Indigo—Ajna chakra, located at the center of the forehead
Violet--Crown chakra, located at the top of the head
White—The perfect combination of all colors of the spectrum
The ancient Egyptians used sun-activated solarium rooms constructed with colored glass for therapeutic purposes and treated ill people in sanctuaries painted in various shades of colors. Colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves, and dyes were applied as remedies in Egypt, Greece, China, and India as early as 2000 BC.
Color therapy has various applications in modern healing practice. For example, colored light is used to treat seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that typically appears during fall and winter. Green light has been reported to have a positive effect on migraines and fibromyalgia pain. Blue light phototherapy is used in hospitals to treat neonatal jaundice, a condition that causes high levels of bilirubin in the blood, making the baby’s skin and eyes turn yellow. During treatment, babies are placed under blue halogen or fluorescent lamps while they sleep so that their skin and blood can absorb the light waves. These light waves help them eliminate the bilirubin from their bodies.
Scientific research suggests that color has a definite effect on the body. An interesting article published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information explores this topic: A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution, by Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza. You can read the article here: PubMed Central
Although I do not make any specific claims about how my paintings affect viewers, I have been told by many collectors that they appreciate the calming, uplifting or inspiring qualities of my artwork. I often choose to paint with vivid, bright colors, and I believe that this affects how people feel when they look at my paintings. I believe that people are responding to the harmonizing influence of color. While I try to achieve a balance of color in each painting, the images that emphasize blues and grays are cooler and more calming, and the images that contain a lot of red, orange or yellow seem have a more invigorating affect.
Each person’s response to color is unique. I have observed that people respond emotionally to color and choose to decorate their environments with colors that provide the vibration or energy they are drawn to intuitively, colors they need for health and well-being. Color theory is a fascinating topic that I continue to explore as I create new artwork.