Our Nature Mandalas are a tribute and honor to the simple beauty in Nature. A barnacle or limpet on a rock may not be aesthetically moving to most people. But in honoring those simple forms by making them the subject of a Mandala, the ordinary becomes something wondrous. The Mandala expands the subject’s essence. I think we can all relate to that – it’s a concept much like our everyday lives. One day and the next may seem ordinary, but combined together they make a beautiful, extraordinary life.
Choosing the subject of a Mandala is just the beginning. When I reach the point where I feel the Mandala truly honors the essence of the subject – when it reflects what I interpret to the be soulfulness and beauty of it – that’s when I know it’s finished. It’s interesting to me that in creating hundreds of Mandalas, I’ve found that some of the most beautiful ones begin with the most humble and simple of subjects. Rose hips, wild grasses, seaweed and barnacles are examples of that. I don’t feel that I’m attempting to make the subjects into something glorious, as ordinary things have their own sacred beauty. Rather, in honoring the subjects by taking the most diluted essence of those things and multiplying it, that is what brings wonder to people. They experience the beauty of the subject and embrace the soulfulness of nature. Here at Soulful Life, LLC, that’s what our vision is all about.