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Now Mandala

I believe that a greater understanding of the human condition not only brings us closer to the truth of our existence, but also leads to personal happiness and fulfillment. When we know more about ourselves, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, we can manifest a life that is aligned with these undeniable realizations. Perhaps the greatest of these in my life came during a Himalayan Kriya Yoga retreat in Chikmagalur, India, when I realized that the universe is incredibly structured i.e. small number of visual representations can be use to physically or metaphorically describe almost everything in the universe.

One of these visual depictions is that of the Mandala, which can be described as “an integrated structure organized around a unifying center.” From this core springs creativity and the birth of our universe. In fact, Tibetan Buddhist monks view the Mandala as a geometric representation of the cosmos. As an artist, it was important to me to capture the Mandala in a variety of forms, to share my belief that we are all bound together by the same structure, the same pattern, and are therefore unified in this shared human experience.

Baalbek

Baalbek

Acrylic on canvas, 62 x 42 inches, 2019

We live in troubled times; many people live lives that are misaligned, drawn away from their paths. I believe that we are brought into existence to carry out a certain purpose; the closer we are to this purpose, the happier we are. I have suffered the consequences of falling from the path several times, and meditation is the single definitive practice that has brought me back. These paintings are a tool for meditation - not only for me while I create the painting but also for my viewers.

Haze

Haze

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2019

By connecting with the visual depiction of the Mandala, we are looking into a mirror depicting the most fundamental structure of our being. Being aware of this structure allows us to click back into alignment, facilitating peace and happiness as a result.

Kalahari

Kalahari

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 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.

Sundae

Sundae

Watercolor on paper, 15 x 11 inches, 2019

The summit of each monument represents the final stage - nirvana, or freedom from physical existence. This is important to my artistic vision of depicting structures that allow my viewers to spiritually evolve as human beings, and therefore have more clarity and awareness in their own lives.

Pacific

Pacific

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019

Drip

Drip

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019

Skittles

Skittles

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019

Skittles (under blacklight)

Skittles (under blacklight)

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019

Bullseye

Bullseye

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019

Bullseye (under blacklight)

Bullseye (under blacklight)

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019

Herd

Herd

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019

Metropolis

Metropolis

Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2019