A mandala symbolizes the journey of the soul towards enlightenment through a visual representation. For me, painting is a means of navigating my own path towards rooting, orienting, and feeling a sense of belonging. It serves as my home - my compass, anchor, and safe harbor. However, I am mindful that all vehicles must eventually be left behind to attain liberation.
Who do you create your art for? What drives your creative process? What factors influence the art you choose to make versus the art you don't make? Our motivations as artists can be complex and ever-changing, but upon examining my own creative process, I discovered that a significant part of why I paint is a desire for love, praise, and recognition.
However, seeking validation from others can lead to giving away our power and becoming a prisoner of their opinions. It can also lead to compromising our own internal compass if we rely too heavily on external opinions of what is right and wrong.
The key to creating art that is personal, inspiring, sustainable, and beautiful is to empower ourselves by filling ourselves up. As we fill ourselves up, we become better equipped to create art that is truly authentic and meaningful, and in turn, inspire others to do the same.
Bathroom art that will elevate your sanctuary. Yes, even your bathroom deserves an original painting. Recently installed in Park City, Utah.
For me, painting is a way to engage in conversation with God, and to bring that dialogue into tangible form. I believe that the quality of the art I create is directly linked to the level of joy, inspiration, and awe I experience during the creative process. When I feel nervous, doubtful, or bored, the work suffers.
Using painting as a vehicle for personal transformation and empowerment involves embracing several key principles. These include expanding your boundaries, softening your edges, going with the flow, being present with each moment, accepting what "is" instead of what you think "should be," and embracing change and surprises.
Antelope Island is the largest among ten islands in the Great Salt Lake, situated in the US state of Utah. One of its most remarkable locations is Ladyfinger Point, which has been a source of inspiration for my work for many years. The color palette, texture, and sentiment of this place have influenced my art.
In Celtic Christian tradition, there is a term called "thin places," which refers to rare locations where the distance between heaven and Earth seems to collapse. These are places where the veil between the physical world and the eternal world becomes thin. Ladyfinger Point is one such place for me. When I am there, I feel as though I am suspended between two worlds, and I feel a sense of belonging and comfort.
Ladyfinger Point, mixed media on canvas 48 x 36 in.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.