Back in the summer of 2013 I had the great joy of sharing these mandalas with the world for the first time. OM Sanctuary offered their beautiful retreat center as the venue for this opening, and I am still very grateful as I write this today (January of 2016). Thank you Shelly and everyone at OM who made my first opening possible.

Also, thank you to Galen of Two Ring Studios for donating his time to photograph my opening. Galen is an amazing photographer – one of the best wedding photographers in Asheville if you ask me. I highly recommend him! All of the images you see below were taken by him.

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30×40″ Green Fern Mandala

 

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16×16″ Orange Rose Mandala

 

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16×16″ Purple Spring Flowers Mandala

 

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16×16″ Guem (Tequila Sunrise Mandala), 16×16″ Pink Rose Mandala, 16×16″ Orange Rose Mandala & 16×16 Purple Spring Flowers Mandala – (closest to farthest)

 

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20×20″ Winter Maple Mandala, 20×30 Ya Bao (White Tea) Mandala & 20×20″ Water & Sky Mandala – (left to right)

 

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When I first started out I experimented with printing the mandalas directly on glass. It produced beautiful results, but ultimately the process proved to be too time consuming. I have since decided to stick with metal, canvas and archival photo paper as my main print mediums because they are consistent, easy and they look amazing.

 

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A huge thank you to everyone who came out! It was really meaningful and empowering to be able to share that moment with you all! 🙂

 

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This is me telling the story of how I began playing with mirror images of photographs (as you can see on the projection screen). Those mirror images eventually became more and more complex, and eventually I realized that I could create mandalas!

 

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Also, I had much shorter hair back then…

 

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This is one of my best friends on this planet – his name is Noah, and he built the electric sitar you see in his hands – he built it from scratch!! He custom makes them for sale too. If you’re curious, let me know and I can put you in touch with him!

 

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Noah and Trey – I have spent many, many, many hours of my life playing music with these two men. I am humbled and honored to have them as such wonderful friends. Also, I am grateful and honored that they offered to play music at my first exhibition. Thank you.

 

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The gardens at OM Sanctuary are truly spectacular.

 

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I believe that one day OM Sanctuary will be on the same retreat center circuit as Kripalu and Omega. They’re taking a huge step in that direction this year with the addition of a new 1500 square foot event space – I believe it should be completed some time in April. If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit OM before, I highly recommend you do! You can visit their website by clicking here: www.omsanctuary.org

Thank you for taking the time to look through this post! Please let me know if you have any questions. I am grateful for your presence! 🙂

-Taylor