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Now Mandala

The Now-Mandala paintings have been created to capture basic human emotions. They are an exercise in simplicity. The painting is created using a simple square grid, similar in many ways to the layout used by Tibetan monks, and the composition is then amplified using contemporary flourishes that complement the emotion conveyed.

The paintings are also a tool for meditation. I have found that creation of the repetitive geometry found in the mandala evokes a feeling of peace and calm, and is much like other meditative practices like tai-chi and reiki, where one’s self-awareness is sharpened through the simple act of repetition.

Baalbek

Baalbek

Acrylic on canvas, 62 x 42 inches, 2019

I was first drawn to architectural mandalas, particularly Borobudur in Central Java and Angkor Thom in Cambodia. Borobudur, as a physical representation of Mount Meru, consists of a tripartite structure that is said to depict the three Buddhist realms of existence. Three 108 stone figures that tower above Angkor Thom are said to be Bodhisattvas guarding the city and paving the path to enlightenment.

Haze

Haze

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

The circumambulation of these monuments is an important consideration in the creation of the Now-Mandala paintings; they are a bodily expression of the various stages of life and death that every human must undergo according to Buddhist teachings. The summit of each monument represents the final stage - nirvana, or freedom from existence. I have treated these some of these pieces as an architect’s footprint of a Buddhist temple constructed in the near future.

Kalahari

Kalahari

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

During the creation of the Now-Mandala series, I was eventually drawn to Tibetan sand mandalas, and the slow ritual involved in their creation. Music is an essential component of the pieces, where gongs and chants serve as aural guides. After their painstaking completion, the monks immediately destroy the mandala to remind themselves of the impermanence of life and the important of detaching oneself from material possession.

Sundae

Sundae

Acrylic on canvas, 15 x 11 inches, 2019

These observations translated into an interest in experimenting with increasingly subtle color palettes. I also found a desire to experiment with watercolors for future pieces to reflect the translucency and impermanence of the composition captured on paper.

Amazon

Amazon

Acrylic on canvas, 32 x 32 inches, 2019

Drip

Drip

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

Pacific

Pacific

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

Outback

Outback

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

Skittles

Skittles

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

Skittles (under blacklight)

Skittles (under blacklight)

Hearth

Hearth

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

Hearth (under blacklight)

Hearth (under blacklight)