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Nadean OBrien

Artist's Profile

I WAS BORN CREATIVE, but as a child showed little interest in drawing or painting. My parents who had met at an art gallery sustained hope I would follow in the footsteps of my talented aunt noted for her lovely landscapes. I, however, had other worlds to explore before discovering the beautiful and sensuous meditative art of Asia and Tibet as well as the work of Carl Jung, the eminent Swiss psychologist and artist, who introduced the "personal mandala" to the western world. Here was art with power, passion and purpose, the art of self-realization and enlightenment, an art form that caught my imagination and gave my life focus!

As I picked up my brush and began to paint, I became caught up in my own transformation to artist and healer, expressing this metamorphosis on canvas in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist symbolism depicting the sacred union of our inner masculine (compassionate method) and feminine (wisdom) principles. The mystical "yab yum" (literally father mother) is often mistaken to represent human sexuality, but instead portrays graphically the inner wholeness or balance we must first achieve to realize our highest human potential. This ancient message is still relevant today.

In addition to my own mandala studio in Southern California, I work with a renown spiritual artist in Laguna Beach helping to create magnificent canvases selling for thousands of dollars in retail galleries. My artwork has been displayed at Mills College, Esalen, Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, and Chopra Centers throughout the United States as well as in private collections and corporate settings the world over. It is with great pleasure that I can now offer for purchase my own unique and original Tantric mandalas.

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