Definitions of Shamanic (or Shaman) –
- (Especially among certain tribal peoples) a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.
- A member of certain traditional societies, especially of northern Asia and of North and South America, who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events.
As you can see from the above definitions that the word shaman or shamanic has a fairly consistent definition. In a paraphrased “nutshell” is it the practice of walking between worlds, or a person who walks between worlds, for healing, , information, etc. and it from this direction that I pull my definition of shamanic art simply because it is the easiest and broadest description I could find.
Up until the late 80’s I did the normal sketching, painting, even sculpting for a couple of years. Then something shifted and I began to yearn for more. It was not long after that, that the Divine answered my heart call. During one of my sketching sessions an image presented itself in my mind and it would not leave. The image was of a fully formed embryo, peacefully resting in a “womb.” At one point the image in my mind’s eye held itself very still and I began my first attempt to draw it in my sketchbook. While beginning to draw I began to realize I was seeing the image on the paper in faint grey lines….as if my mind were projecting the image for me.
Needless to say it shocked me to no end, but I was intrigued. And the longer I stared at the paper the more distinct the image grew until all I had to do was “trace” it. All of this knocked me on my backside for a while…..wondering what the heck had happened, right along with the feeling of total delight that it had.
Fast forward to today, and the past 20 years have been filled with experience like the above. I move between dimensions, capturing energies in many directions, feel compelled to draw “faces” only to find out they are someone’s relative who died, the many spirit faces of nature, and I work with a strong element of prophecy, both personal and global. It has been a “dialogue” with the Divine that I would not trade for all the gold in the world. There is nothing in my world that it has not touched.
My artistic “communications” include beings from this world, other worlds, the earthly fields of energy, and the celestial fields…and pretty much everything in between. And it is a dance between my sketchbook and the Divine that is still unfolding.
I hope that by sharing these images you will feel intrigued enough to start your own dialogue with the Divine and to allow it to unfold in it’s own special way…unique to you.