Portfolio > New Work 2016

VajraSattva, Buddhas, Buddhist Art, Purification Buddha, Buddha woodblocks, Moku Hanga
VajraSattva with sea turtles
woodblock on mulberry paper
22x28
2016

VajraSattva represents purity. He is invoked for purification and forgiveness for oneself and others. I try to paint a VajraSattva just before the New year so that I can start the year all fresh and clean. In this woodblock Vajrasattva is in a Hawaiian setting with honu, sea turtles drifting by. The background is Haulalai mountain on the big Island of Hawaii.

I am interested in merging traditional Tibetan Buddhist images with Japanese style woodblock carving set in the landscapes of the places I live, Hawaii and Colorado. In this way I feel I am bringing the Buddhas to my homelands. They are the new immigrants.

This is a large Moku Hanga print (traditional Japanese woodblock) hand carved and hand rubbed to print using watercolor inks. Moku Hanga is a labor-intensive old school printmaking practice. This particular painting is a fusion of wood block and hand painting with watercolors.