My most recent significant project was this video, inspired by spending a year at a monastery in Myanmar. This is the story of the path which led me to Pa Auk Forest Meditation center in Myanmar, and enabled me to gain a deep appreciation for monasticism as a lifestyle. The video was made produced with the help of producer Zach Behar (storyandheart.com), VFX animator Phanuthep Sutthithepthamrong (Zati Studio), and music and SFX engineer Prov Krivoshey (https://soundcloud.com/provsounds)
This structure was inspired by a dream I had in 2014 which revealed some basic laws of the world. It took me a long time to make it into a painting. The rainbow quality is symbolic of the energetic spectrum which makes up the world. Energy in motion forms strands which are formed according to laws of cause and effect, holistic harmony, and opposing factors. These principles are operational in our psyche as habits and behaviors, as well as the material world. Inevitably there is a cyclical quality about the way energy moves, twists, and spreads as it forms entire worlds, in countless dimensions of space-time.
2014 - 2015 From the monastery and back
From January 2014 to January 2015 I lived in Myanmar at the Pa Auk Forest Monastery where I ordained as a monk. During this time I created some work inspired by contemplative insights.
The bottom four pieces form a thematic series which symbolically represent the progression of spiritual development.
Mandala of Elements
The last painting I completed during my monastic stay was this mandala, which means that it can be viewed from all sides.
The reason I chose to make a mandala was because I wanted to show that all things can be seen from multiple perspectives. This is why a mandala does not have a right or wrong orientation. The central four figures are seen from the top, the next four are seen from below and the outermost characters are seen from the front. Looking at the trees, you cannot be sure where is top and where is bottom. Water and sky merge and earth turns to fire. Everything laid out according to an underlying structure, the principle laws of nature. In the center, archetypal forces personified as beings are playing a board game which symbolizes the world we live in - the world of action.
2013 - Mural Artist and Designer
Murals have become increasingly interesting to me this year, and I have completed my first 2 official murals in Louisville, Ky. In the last 4 years I've lived in Korea, India and Nepal. I then moved to Arizona from where I took a road trip to Louisville, KY. I was inspired to make some artwork from my travels. I am now promoting my skills as a mural artist and creative designer. I also run collaborative art projects, teach classes, and make art in public.
This was a period of time during which meditation became an everyday habit. I was inspired mostly by what I imagined to be spiritual. Starting from my junior year in college, my work became very personal.
My first three years of college were years of quick and dramatic changes emotionally psychologically and socially. I went from being mainly interested in realism to surrealism to abstraction.
Before and Around 2005
I attended art school since early childhood and most of my bigger pieces of work were associated with school. In the later part of high school I started painting exclusively in oils. At that time most of my work was recorded in physical slide format and still have not been transferred to the digital format.