I am a creative / painter / photographer / writer / mystic / yogini
I believe Art is a doorway to greater experience and perception of oneself and of life. Different Artists create different Doorways to step through and engage the observer. The art I create is my attempt at bridging the experience of my inner world with the sensory-driven outer world. The filters which refine the way I see and play with life have evolved from and continue to be influenced by my ongoing studies of philosophy, mysticism, etymology and linguistics, psychedelics, metaphors and symbolism, yoga, as well as travels around our world. For me, creating is part of my yogic path of aligning my consciousness with All That Is. The visual feedback that results is very much like a recording of my conversation with the endless luminescent light one might call ‘god’.
The powerful tool of photography helps me to easily and effortlessly map the scale of light. My favorite artistic photography involves multiple exposures, either in camera or in post-processing. I also enjoy shooting scenes sculpted by light and seasons which will inevitably fade and change with time. Landscapes, ethereal portraits and fine art nudes tend to be my forte with single exposure photos, where post processing is kept to a minimum as the Zen in me likes to keep things matter-of-fact.
Painting, on the other hand, helps me make sense of the inner landscapes and sometimes channel from the collective unconscious while exploring the dark aspects of human life, the light, balance (unity), and as far beyond as I can reach. As an individual, I have a strong desire to transcend the limitations of linear expression…Painting satisfies my spiritual desire to map out the eternally changing nature of life as witnessed by the eternally unchanging nature of being. I am an aspiring visionary artist learning to devote myself to the ancient form of transcendent storytelling that is painting.
To me, “art” is a fantastically decorated metaphor for the exquisite magic that is life.
Life is meaningless without a way to peer into the inner dimensions, that thing we call in-sight. Art illuminates the way inward, creates a vehicle for universal language and transcends the throttle of time. This is why I am an artist. In essence, I am tapping into timelessness and expanding out, inward, and inviting anyone willing to participate along the way. The art pieces that happen outwardly are afterthoughts to the real process at hand. All I am really doing is what I must in order to continue being finely tuned to all that is. 😉
I come from the underground. Biggest inspirations: a wasted youth spent on IRC, ICQ, AIM and LiveJournal endlessly dialoging with brilliant people from all over the world on anything and everything; hand coding websites and staying up all night til the sun rose researching, digging, learning from the extraordinary living library known as the Internet while cultivating my repository of self-awareness through investigating and experimenting with the arts, sciences, theosophy, dream space and the inner dimensions. The experiences and awareness I was gaining was surpassing the garbage being taught in class at a heart breaking rate. I had no choice but to tune into the knowing within me, drop out of high school, get lost in life experience and find myself again in adulthood.
That being said, I have a love affair with the galaxy, the universe, and the spark within you that gives you life. That is why I create. The creative within me acknowledges the creative within you and the creative all around us. Namaste. Let us divine in reciprocal joy at the logically impossible chance that any of us exist, that any of us can connect as deeply and magically as we can and do; that any of us could ever come or go from this finite spinning spaceship ball we call Earth.
Greetings, fellow web surfer. Now that you have virtually met this I, please, continue to enjoy the ride around this sun star and, please, share your spark with others in all the ways that most excite you. That is all that really “matters”.
Unsolicited recommended reading:
- The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten
- Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa
- The Last Abyss: an unforeseen joy by Paul and Nicole du Marchie v. V.
- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
- Dao De Jing by Lao Zi
- Journeys Out of the Body, Far Journeys, Ultimate Journey by Robert A. Monroe
- Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson