This charming contemporary mandala needs few words to describe its symbolism, as what your eyes behold speaks directly to your heart about the inherent unity and harmony beyond the world of appearances. Presented here in modern dress, this timeless archetype of a circle within a square is a sacred temple that can be entered in meditation or gazing. It is place where a wounded heart can safely open to the amazing healing power of a mandala or the happy heart be further lifted to exquisite bliss!
Over the years, my studio home has become a remarkable gallery of Tantric Art. It is quite an experience to be surrounded by a collection of such beautiful and powerful symbolism, especially 'Lalita's Garden' Sri Yantra and 'Samvara Supreme Bliss.' However, I must say that 'Heart of the Lotus' is the most charismatic of them all. My eyes cannot leave it alone!
Each time a mandala is created, a wave of positive forces is released over the planet, be it a childlike drawing or the Great Kalachakra ritual by Tibetan Buddhist monks. The mystery of the mandala runs deep and opens new dimensions for the initiated. I am so honored and grateful that mandala painting has been given to me as my purpose and life's work. Every brush stroke is my prayer for peace. It is foolish to expect peace on earth if there is a war going on inside ourselves.
Nadean O'Brien, Huntington Beach, CA Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement I WAS BORN CREATIVE, but as a child showed little interest in drawing or painting. My parents who had met at an art gallery sustained hope I would follow in the footsteps of my talented aunt noted for her lovely landscapes. I, however, had other worlds to explore before discovering the beautiful and sensuous meditative art of Asia and Tibet as well as the work of Carl Jung who introduced the "personal mandala" to the western world. Here was art with power, passion and purpose, the art of self-realization and enlightenment, an art form that caught my imagination and gave my life focus almost two decades ago!
As I picked up my brush and began to paint, I became caught up in my own transformation to artist/healer and teacher, expressing this metamorphosis on canvas in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist symbolism depicting the sacred union of our inner masculine and feminine. The mystical "yab yum" (literally father mother) is often mistaken to represent human sexuality, but instead portrays graphically the inner wholeness or balance we must first achieve to realize our highest human potential. This ancient message is still relevant today.
More recently, fate and fortune have provided for expression of my particular talents and skills via digital painting rather than acrylic paint and canvas. With great joy and excitement, I watch a new generation of my unique mandalas evolving in a medium that is ideally suited by its added depth and dimension to spiritual art. I will continue to share my love and passion as before.
My artwork has been displayed at Mills College, Esalen, Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, and Chopra Centers throughout the United States as well as in private collections and corporate settings the world over.