In collaboration with Dreaming Earth Press and through a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, I’ve just published the latest in my series of mandala books, Architecture Mandalas, now available on Amazon. Below are sample spreads from the book. Over the last fifty years I’ve traveled widely throughout the world as an educator, landscape architectContinue reading “Architecture Mandalas 2023”
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Coming in 2022 Great News! I just received a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon to partially fund publication of my upcoming book: Architecture Mandalas. I’ll be sure to keep you posted about Fall publication dates! In the meantime, below are a few in-process images from the book.
Below are images of Buddhas I photographed during one of my journeys in Asia, as well as the luminous mandalas that were created from them. I am currently creating a collection of similar diptychs (featuring a Buddha and its resulting mandala) from photographs taken at sacred sites in China, Tibet, Nepal and Indonesia. I hopeContinue reading “Buddha Mandalas”
When in Nepal in 1997, I visited many shrines and temples that were visible in old town centers. This shrine is composed of a Dorje and Stupa protected by an ornate canopy. Some of you are familiar with Buddhist symbols, but for those who aren’t, the Dorje represents a thunderbolt – symbolizing the male spirit.Continue reading “Kathmandu Shrine”
Ganesha – symbol of new beginnings and remover of obstacles – amongst other things, graces a wall in my home, flanked by the artwork of my two daughters, Erika and Jessie. Here’s a playful visual message in the spirit of Ganesha as we near the Solstice and Holiday Seasons around the world – where traditionsContinue reading “Peace…Joy”
Mandala in Snow
I’ve been fascinated over the last several years with the creation of mandalas. As a practicing Buddhist I use mandalas for meditation.
Earth Spirits around the world are reaching out to us to pay attention. They have wisdom to share, stories to tell and healing energies to give. Here’s a brief video featuring David’s Spirit images with background music by Robin Chilstrom.