"Beyond the Skin" series, Oil on Panel
I've maintained a studio practice in painting since 1992, and I often paint in series. "Beyond the Skin" was a series of self-portraits based on the 7 chakras, inspired by my experiences in meditation and yoga, as well as an interest in Hindu iconography. Each painting tells a story of a chakra, using its associated color. The 4th painting, on the heart chakra, was completed just after my father died. This is a very personal series; but it also speaks to a more universal experience of going inward, exploring painful terrains, and transcending through the dying of the ego self. It also shows how I can use interpretive styles to communicate something unique about a person
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