For years I have been interested in the visual arts, especially drawing and painting. When I moved to California in 1971, friends introduced me to Buddhist art. Intrigued by the detail, designs, iconography, and use of colors, I began to study Tibetan Buddhist art as well as Buddhist teachings and symbolism. During the last few years, I found that I wanted to work more with this art, and apply it to my personal interests and growth processes.
Geometric and historic designs, forms from nature, and flames are shapes that I appreciate and respect. I like to work with them, explore them, and experiment with combinations of these shapes and colors. The circle is the basis for my mandala art pieces. It is the central structure of the mandala and the starting point for all details, colors, and symbols. Painting or drawing a mandala is a meditative process for me - a time to think, concentrate, create, and center myself. Rendering the image of the Buddha and creating mandalas is very peaceful.
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