Spiritual Journeys: Statements by the Artists and List of Works
“Eugene Thicket”, oil on canvas, $1200
“Bush and Island”, oil on canvas, $1200
I believe the divine—call it Spirit, Higher Dimensions, God or Goddess –pervades everything within us and around us. For me as an artist, that “something that lives in everything” is most accessible in Nature. The light, spaciousness and beauty of the landscape-- its life force—invite me into a dance of collaboration in form and color that becomes a painting. The painting, in turn, is my invitation to the viewer to enter into his or her own journey with Nature and Spirit and to share the emotions of joy, exhilaration, gratitude, expansion and openness that I have experienced.
“Libertad”, oil on canvas $1400
“Wisdom" , oil on canvas $1200
I believe that when making art we transform. When we push our selves to the limits, we are able to expand artistically and, at the same time, connect. In that moment mind takes a break. You find yourself in pure presence, where everything is beyond judgement. As the viewer sees the work, he/she bares witness to the journey. When we really look with all of our senses, we can connect to the expansion and glance at our own limitlessness. At the same time I started painting I learned vipasyana meditation. The two have been interrelating throughout my career as a painter and living on this planet. The now is my keystone; feeling it, savoring it, being it
Blue Star Seed aka Meredith Rose
"Paradigm Shift" Oil on hemp linen 30” x 20”$1111
"Blue Humanoid in My Tea Is Me?" Oil on hemp linen. 30"x20", $1111
Many Crestone locals describe the town as a place of crystals. In a recent group created comprising Crestonians, a "paradigm shift" was chosen as a priority. The gnome represents other beings helping humans; the mushroom grows in the wild plentifully in the state of Colorado. The eclipse at the top of the painting represents the change on our planet. If you turn the painting upside down, the Crestone skyline (the Sangre de Cristo mountains) are visible.
"Energy in Rhythm", 24"x30",Oil
Through my paintings i strive to bring awareness to the unified field. Feeling disconnected is at the root of all of our problems. We have forgotten that we are connected to one another, our environment and the Divine. My art embodies the organic flow of energy that can be observed all throughout life. It’s in the wind, the plants, the animals, our dance moves and anywhere else you look!
By bringing awareness to this sacred energy that unites us we can embody true integrity. All of our thoughts, words and actions affect other people and the environment around us. When we can see the Oneness of all that is, we realize that we can heal the world by healing ourselves and reaching our highest potential.
I believe that harmony is our preferred natural state and given the opportunity our body, mind and Spirit will always reach for it. Art is known to have a strong influence on our emotions. I strive to create paintings that emit the most calming and uplifting energies. Through conscious choice we can create environments where we can embody the Love and Harmony that we came here to be.
I'm a self taught, Lithuanian born artist residing in the enchanted land of Crestone, Colorado.
“Harbinger at the tree of life”, Acrylic on Canvas. 30”/40”, $800
“Thought and Memory in the forest of life”, 30”/30”, Mixed media collage on board, $650
“Thought and memory alone persist“, 30”/30”, Mixed media collage on board, $650
This work springs from the Norse mythology about the over god Oden who watched over the world. He was accompanied by two ravens, “Thought” and “Memory “ who went out into the world daily and reported on its condition. The overarching concern was the condition of the tree of life gnawed on by a great serpent and giant wolf thus threatening the world.
I have used this mythology to explore the current condition of our planet using the metaphor of the tree of life, carbon symbols and the messengers of our own thought and memory as we consider our environment and its condition.
"Ripples of the mind”, sumi inks & acrylics on canvas triptych $2400
in the wake of stillness
amidst the daily goings on
the mind jumps and fills in
whatever gaps may have occurred
seeking to stay busy
occupying our fickle mind
it can be a continual adventure
or a neurotic escape
whatever the path
the journey is always on
engaging mind, arm, hand
with paintbrush, color and canvas
i explore the emptiness / fullness
of mind looking at itself
with words and colors
i am sated in fulfilling my purpose
© stephen.futral / 2.may.2017
“At One With the Flow”, Mixed Media Collage, 30”x36” framed, sheet 22”x30”, $425
I work in collage because it allows me to stay connected to the miraculous and spiritual side of life. Finding a thread, a piece of paper or a foil wrapper, these earth materials, however processed, are inspiring when they are appreciated for their unique beauty. This piece started with a postcard. The lady is being birthed in a beneficent waterway, a moving flow of energy. Spirituality is to allow, to be in wonder, to be awake to the awe of everyday life which is pinned to the divine under all that we do.
“K’uan, Contemplation, View”, Yule marble, Gunnison granite base, 16 1/2” x 10” x 10”.$1450
A remnant of my hippie days in the 70's when I lived on communes in Mill Valley and Vermont, my tattered copy of the I Ching still inspires me. Hexagram 20, K'uan, has a double meaning: Contemplation is one, and the second, a tower typical of ancient China...these towers, on mountains, served as both a viewing platform and a landmark.
My sculpture is designed to shine an overhead light thru the hole onto the small ledge, illuminating a treasured icon. It's a shrine.
“Cosmic Seed”, Italian blue ice alabaster, steel, granite base, 12” x 10 3/4” x 5” $800
This came about in the spring of 2016, a nice narrow piece of Italian blue ice alabaster, with steel pegs for visual impact. Guess I was contemplating seeds, spring, the cosmos.
“Peace”, Selenite (the metaphysical 7th Chakra Stone), Colorado sandstone base, 15”x12”x12” $800
"Peace" evolved after a lovely Mexican stone mason whom we met in Baja, Don Manuel, gifted me with this slab of selenite. Don Manuel and his wife run a small coffee shop/museum, south of Ciudad Insurgentes about an hour, on the hill not far from an onyx quarry. Please stop in if you drive down Highway 1, to view his amazing collection of archeological artifacts, have a cup of coffee, buy a shark's tooth, and purvey our blessings...they are getting quite old. He has a giant shark's tooth from a prehistoric shark on display. Good people
"Cutting Through Concept," Encaustic wax monotype with graphite on paper, 2017, 30” x 25”, $575.
"The Heart of the Matter," Encaustic wax monotype on paper, 2018, 30” x 25”, $575.
"Where Do We Go From Here," Encaustic wax monotype on paper, 2017, 31” x 25”, $575.
Art has always been my refuge - a sacred, secret place where I could step out of conceptual mind and explore the world of feelings and alternative realities. Growing up in DC, and later as a student in Paris and London, museums felt to me like places of worship, or sources of nourishment.
I’ve spent much of my adult life as an expat, teaching contemplative practice and creative process. Trained as a psychotherapist, I developed a passion for yoga and Buddhist meditation. I’ve lived and worked all over Asia for the past 15 years sharing these tools with others and learning from local artists and healers. Spending so much time in a foreign culture reinforces universal themes of what it means to be human, and also presents a unique view into our differences.
In my work, I contemplate these universal themes, and the mystery of human emotion. The visual world mirrors our internal landscape and provides insight into the stories taking shape there. My hope is to show how art helps us connect with something larger than ourselves and encourages us to realize that we are not alone. Both artist and viewer/experiencer are transformed in the interaction. Relationship is born.
Though I have been painting my whole life, when I recently discovered encaustic wax medium, my world changed overnight. The nature of the medium allows for a thrilling array of possibilities.
These days, my home base is in Crestone, Colorado.
“More Blue Than You Knew”, oil on canvas with detachable and attached metal, $2400
“Ancient Floater”, mixed media on cotton paper, $750
“Rock Creature in the No Day”, mixed media on cotton paper, $900
a moony reality as i paint a stormy desert red with fire.
time passes and the paintings change often, from red sand to white and from death to life. from airlessness gasping to a beauty beyond breath.
when the sky is not afire and stillness sets in, am i here.
“White Sands,” oil on masonite, 30x20”, $900
“MoonSpring,” oil on masonite, 30x24”, $900
Since I'm an illustrator, my work always tells a story, or several at the same time. If you look at "White Sands" awhile you will hear the archetypal stories or maybe a unique one of your own. I used to train museum docents to ask things like: "What is the historical legacy of White Sands? Is that burst of light a sunset, sunrise or a mushroom cloud? What things does a serpent symbolize? Does the woman's stance remind you of a renaissance painting? Eve? Venus? Why is she leaving her body? What is her relationship to the snake? What do the tracks in the sand tell you? Thanks for looking long enough to hear the stories. Giclee prints are available in any size. Contact me at: www.CeremonialVisions.com
“LumEnscIence Calling”, Triptych #1, #2, #3, 30”x10” each, 2017, Oil and Wax, $990 (not sold individually)
“LumEnscIence Calling” continues the “Celebrating Spiritual Diversity” Series
(see verenaschwarz.com) in a more abstract form, where symbolism that is culturally and historically specific is distilled to universal and time-transcending shapes floating in space. Color is still used according to their vibrational quality and Crestone is yet again the underlying and overarching inspiration for the artistic expression of the spiritual experience and content.
“Pathways 2,” Mixed Media, 30"x40", 2014, NFS
"Pathways 2" represents a type of custom work Verena Schwarz has created for friends and family members over the past years. Individual and personalized elements of a (spiritual) life's journey are integrated in a predominantly abstract landscape. Commissions are available upon request. Please contact Verena at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
“A Doorway”, mixed medium $2,000
“Winter Wind”, mixed medium, $2000
The ideal of my art is to create in the viewer the feeling of having encountered something alive; a composition of color and form that is not still, but that lives and breathes and reaches out to invite the viewer to experience its hidden source of life akin to the human heart.
Kanati and the Wolves, 30x24, oil, 1200.00
Akash, 30x22, oil, 700.00
Uktena Gourd, 12x16, 1200.
I believe that one of our greatest gifts is the creative imagination, and it is the most important part of my artistic explorations. As an artist, I have been greatly influenced by my Cherokee heritage, my immersion in Indigenous culture, and world travels. My major mediums are oil painting, pastel, gourd art, and mask making. I have shown and won numerous awards at Native American art shows across the country. My hope is that my art will speak to the viewer's sense of wonder and connection with Earth and Spirit.
“A Threshold Guardian”, 5'h x 3'w, Plum branch; handmade papers of iris, broadleaf cattail, abaca leaf; wild crafted clay, handspun wool, iron oxide and gathered materials, 2018, $1500