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Nature Series: Namaste Lotus

My horticulture background and love of plants can be seen in this series; their beauty and importance to our existence both physical and spiritual. (Check out my blog post about horticultural therapy).

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Namaste Lotus is a particularly important piece in my body of work for a number of reasons. First, it marks a departure from the more architectural/linear feel of my work. Second, the Lotus is an important symbol in my personal life; after 20 years working political advertising I had the rare opportunity to finally be able to pursue my artistic passion. It was more than just a career change but an almost spiritual rebirth for me; a switch from a high stress life to what can only be call a Zen existence.
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In various Eastern religions it represents a spiritual awakening or enlightenment. A person’s path in life is said to be similar to that of the Lotus. Starting at the seed stage, early in the karmic cycle, through to the bud emerging from the mud and murky water, representing a person following the path of spirituality and growth and leaving attachment behind, and finally blossoming, this is when a person has become fully awakened and has achieved nirvana.
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While I’m I do not fully subscribe to any religion (although of what can only be termed a “culturally” Jewish upbringing), I love the thought that we as humans, if we are lucky, follow the path of the Lotus, from birth, to growth, to full realization of ourselves and our passions and purpose in life. (20″ x 30″, $900)
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