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Since childhood I have been fascinated with mandalas. Even before I knew the term or the concept as it is known in the orient, I was attracted to the circular stained glass windows in medieval churches, the rose windows. Perhaps it was part of my Catholic heritage that I later took up stained glass. One of my first pieces was a mandala design. ******* When I saw my first Tibetan mandala, I was immediately intrigued; but since I am not of that tradition, I have come up with a different approach to the art. Now I look at all my graphic creations as mandalas in the sense of being visual meditations.
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For 28 years, I ran a board and care home for chronically mentally ill in Tucson, and really enjoyed the work; but creating art has always been a part of my life.
I have worked in various media including oils and acrylics, stained glass, cloth and wood; but I have been concentrating on digital art for the past few years.
I have never made my living with art, but I do take it seriously. I don't want to give up my care giving work, but some supplemental income will be helpful.
I specialize in designs using flowers of the Arizona desert and think my creations reflect my appreciation for cacti and nature in general. Many of my designs feature mandalas, and I pray that all portray beauty and harmony.
In 2012, I moved back to Maine after 31 years in Arizona. I grew up in Maine, and am happy to be back. I will continue to add to my Cactus Hugger designs reflecting the beauty of Arizona, but will be adding designs that come from an appreciation of the beauty of Maine and New England. I am continuing work in care giving, and always like to do gardening wherever I am. I now live in the country and have chickens. I plan to add milking goats and more.
While I reserve all rights to my own designs, I have created many of these designs in outline form which makes them adaptable to other mediums. I have done stained glass in the past and some of these designs could be used for stained glass creations. Tile, quilt and embroidery are other ways these designs could be used. I would be delighted to see them used as such and hereby give permission for that kind of use. I would appreciate getting a picture of your creation. ******* Some of these designs could also be used for a mural. If you needed more material to make them large enough, I could add more outer rings to enlarge the design. You might suggest elements you would like me to add. While the potential is there to make these designs larger and more elaborate, I have not done so as I am aiming for the images to fit best on prints in the 13"x19" to 23"x34.5" range. I would be happy to go larger if there is a demand. ******** For $5.00, I would burn a disc for you and send you a CD with the design on it. ******* See also my section on digital coloring books.
List of Mandalas
List of Mandalas
These mandalas are listed in order of posting, so it easy to view the images. If you go to Nightblooming Cards, you will find a list of texts as well as images that do not fit the mandala category. You can match any image with any text to create a unique design. Just specify what combo you want, and I will be able to fill your order quickly.
A friend asked me for a seagull design, and that poject evolved into this mandala set on a feather star. I am moving from Tucson back to Bangor, Maine next month; so this is my first design with an eye toward New England. It is also the first of what will be a series of bird mandalas. Think eagles, hawks, hummingbirds, and so on.
I have completed the mandala array made with red & green chiles. This one features a couple of new twists in the design. The process keeps evolving. This card will celebrate smokin' hot southwestern holidays. Here in Arizona, we string and hang red chiles, put lights on our saguaro cactus, make tamales, display our luminarias, and walk around in short sleeves over the holidays.
I have completed the 2012 Christmas Mandala made with photos of red & green chiles, for a smokin' hot Southwestern theme. I used the green chiles to make the background star. The red chiles would show up better on a darker green, but I want to preserve the Christmas colors.
I show you the desing again on black which shows the pattern better. This looks best as a poster. I could add rings and expand to mural size for an awesome image.
I have completed the aloe vera mandala. The mandala array is next. The aloe vera is not the most beautiful plant or flower, but it gave me some intersting shapes to work with. Hummingbirds really like the flowers in the spring.
The title for this mandala is The Twelve Faces of Babaji. This is my first digital mandala. The original was painted in acrylics in 1995. I just revisited it by adding the ring of the Tibetan mantra Om Mane Padme Hum. I have previously used the mantra Om Namah Shivaya which is associated with Babaji, but this one is very popular; and the pairing is a natural. I have it available on Zazzle as posters, t shirts, mugs, and more.
To celebrate my last three birthdays, I have gone flying in this Cygnet airplane. I have designed a mandala using silhouettes of the plane. I have also designed several products on Zazzle including this t shirt. I have included a couple of whimsical photos of the plane flying into a lightening storm and a nebula. I could do this kind of thing for you with photos of your plane.
You can see other rodeo t shirts and products posted on my Zazzle store. This t shirt is an example of how I can customize shirts and designs. If you or a loved one are in rodeos, you can send me photos; and I can turn them into designs of your choosing complete with name. Just click on the t shirt image to see it as it appears on Zazzle with completed description and details.