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Featured Art by Kim Szuta

“The original inspiredART artwork that my Spiritual Team paints through me is always a unique surprise! As an Intuitive Artist, I am simply a conduit. I listen for guidance and as it comes through I begin the painting process. At various times, I receive information on who is painting through me, what I will be painting, how it will be painted and the affirmation it will be infused with.

More specifically, this 20”x24”x0.5” inspiredART art piece went through quite a transformative painting process, which was symbolized by its foundational colors shifting from deep purples to bright greens. As Archangel Raphael painted with me, I felt this piece be infused with feelings of love and a healing vibration. The affirmation that it has been Reiki-attuned with is: “I am in harmony with all that is around me.” A wonderful message that helps us see that when we find acceptance for our shadow and light side then we are able to also find acceptance for all that is outside of ourselves.”

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Interview with Kim Szuta – InspiredArt Intuitive Artist, Reiki Master, Spiritual Mentor


Kim Szuta

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OmArtist: Hi Kim. Thank you so much for talking with us. Let’s begin by setting the stage for our audience. How long have you been creating art? Was there a defining moment that you realized a creative life was the path for you?

KS: Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to find out more about me! I have been creating art since I was a child, however, I would have to say that I started consciously and intuitively creating inspiredART artwork since 2015. It was in early 2015 that I received a nudge to begin painting with my Spiritual Team and it was then that I started to embrace my creative path in a way that I had never before.

OmArtist: Are you currently exploring your art career full time or part time? If full time, what did you leave behind to pursue your art career? If part time, what do you do in your “day job”?

KS: Currently, I have an interesting lifestyle as it offers me the ability to go between painting full time and part-time. That said when I do have a “day job” it only exists as a contract term and, during this term, I paint part-time. The contract work that I do in my “day job” is consulting in business analysis for software development projects.

OmArtist: You mention your 2014 awakening experience as a return to your soul, and return to love, as well as the catalyst for your “InspiredART” creative endeavor. How exciting this sounds! Can you talk a little bit about this experience and what events led up to this beautiful awakening? Was InspiredArt even a vibration that existed in your world prior to your awakening?

KS: Yes, it was quite a transformational awakening! Even though I believe we are always reawakening, this experience was a major event for me as my internal life did a complete 180 and reconnected me with everything I thought was real as a child but had never received validation on, until 2014.
To summarize a bit of my story, as I grew into my twenties I shifted my beliefs from religion to just believing in LOVE and love being the basis of everything – even though I didn’t quite know what that meant, at the time, it felt right.

Fast forward to my late twenties when I was recommended to see an energy worker. This energy worker, I believe, helped set a strong foundation for the shift that was about to occur for me in 2014. The transformational awakening that I experienced came as a result of me attending my very first ever Angel Card/Mediumship reading – a reading where the Practitioner shared with me information that she could not have known. It validated what I knew so deeply in my heart and had hidden away for so many years. At this point, the light bulbs that had once been turned out started to turn back on again.

That said, inspiredART was not visible in the vibrational frequency that I was operating in. Once this major shift occurred, it was then that I began to reconnect more consciously with my intuitive faculties, and my Spiritual Team, and then you could say inspiredART came into view.

OmArtist: I’m intentionally leaving this question wide open for your interpretation on purpose, but how do you feel your abilities ( ie. Angel Card Reader, Realm Reader and Usui Reiki Master, Intuitive/Medium) have contributed or helped to shape your art work?

KS: Immensely! As mentioned earlier, before my awakening I wasn’t even close to the vibrational frequency of being able to create inspiredART artwork. Reconnecting with all of my higher faculties, and abilities, (i.e. energy work, clairvoyance, clairsentience, claircognizance, mediumship, intuition, etc.) have all contributed in opening the lines of communication with my Spiritual Team, who paint through me.

OmArtist: Kim, lets talk about your process. Can you describe your process of receiving the inspiration for your art work? Do you receive during the act of creating, prior to creating or in dreams etc? Do you connect (meditate, pray, etc.) prior to creating each piece? Does it come to you randomly or do you have a ritual that helps dial it in?

KS: Great questions, I really like process! For me, inspiredART and life really merge into one. So, to help me get connected, at the start of each day I meditate, journal and review my intentions (which include setting the intention to be open to receive painting guidance). At the end of each day, I write my gratitude list and set my intentions for the next day. My gratitude list, as it pertains to inspiredART, includes everything from being thankful that a certain ‘Being’ painted with me to sending out gratitude for the guidance that comes through for a piece.

All of these acts help me get into and maintain a receptive vibration for the inspiration to come through from my Spiritual Team. As I always say, the information comes through like a breadcrumb trail, little bit by bit. The breadcrumbs I’ve received have come in the form of inspiration through a vivid dream, while I’m walking down the street (in my mind-eye), while I’m in the middle of painting, through music lyrics, right before I fall asleep, etc. and the best part is that it all happens in divine time!

OmArtist: On your site,, you have many beautiful art pieces and commission pieces displayed. Have Mandalas been a subject of focus for you through out your art career or are these pieces directly related to your 2014 awakening? We really love when artists reflect back on what they created prior to their transition period to what they create after a transition. How different is your art after your new beginning?

KS: Thank you. The Mandalas are directly related to my spiritual awakening! Actually, the very first Mandala I had ever painted, before officially starting my art business, was in July 2015. I still have this piece today and the affirmation it was energized with is “I am creative.” – it’s quite timely and very revealing! As I reflect back, I can definitely see the transformation in the art. Creating inspiredART with my Spiritual Team has much more depth, energy, feeling, symbols, and intricacies behind it than the art pieces I created prior to my awakening.

OmArtist: Kim, in addition to the amazing use of texture in your backgrounds, your use of color is bright and bold throughout your body of work. Can you tell our audience about what inspires the color combinations used in your pieces?

KS: Great observation! Yes, it is all about expression and feeling. inspiredART is about boldly stepping forward to connect with your soul on a deeper level. inspiredART is a symbol of commitment to yourself, your truth and your multi-dimensional journey. The color combinations are directly related to the intuitive guidance that my Spiritual Team (or other’s Spiritual Teams – for commissions) have provided to me. Other than that, that’s all there is to it.

OmArtist: On your blog you mention that you have many journals. Does journaling play a role (directly or indirectly) in your creative expression?

KS: Both. Indirectly, and generally speaking, journaling is a tool that I use to help me clear space in my mind so that inspiration can come through. Directly-speaking, in regards to painting intuitively, journaling has definitely played a role. My painting journal contains thoughts of encouraging words to myself for when I come across discouraging thoughts from my Ego-mind. It also contains inspiration that comes through as well as reflections on how inspiredART pieces evolve and are created.

OmArtist: Kim, we have had many conversations with artists over the years about how they experience and process fear. Fear of showing their work, fear of creating something that people won’t like and on and on. As we creative souls say.., Fear creates a block if left unchallenged. With your experience as a Spiritual Mentor, can you share some of your experience with fear and how you’ve been able to limit its effect with regards to your InspiredART endeavor? Any advice to young artists on how to work through that fear?

KS: Oh, fear! Yes, I have lots of advice to share but I’ll try to keep it contained – and will refer to fear in terms of what we all experience universally. Since 2014, I have consciously been acknowledging, accepting and moving through fear! From sharing inspiredART publicly for the first time in 2015 (which had me shaking on the inside!), to creating my first commission in 2015 (which had my mind almost drowning in doubt), to creating a Facebook page with my ACTUAL name attached to my art (OMG what?!), to creating an Etsy shop, to trusting the guidance to make a big change on an inspiredART piece (when my Ego-mind thought it was done), and the list goes on. Let me tell you, if there is one thing I’ve learned, it is that we need to make friends with fear. In fact, we are guaranteed to have fear visit us every time we are about to experience conscious growth. It is a natural response. It will always be there, especially, if you are stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Now, the more you grow the more fear will occur but to really shift your experience of it would be to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. My advice is to listen to your intuition – if you feel like you should do something and it is coming from a high vibration place of love – then do it and let go of the rest. Just know that doubt and fear will arise, this is normal when you are stretching yourself!

Lastly, I’d like to share with you my simple fear practice. Next, to my art space, I have a post-it note which contains a few of the most common doubts and fears that arise for me while I’m painting, and especially while I’m painting commissions! I refer to it every time a fear or doubt arises and I look at it like a sort of checklist, saying to myself, “Thank you. Yes, I’ve heard that one before.” Just this simple acknowledgment helps me get past the block and move forward. It really is amazing how the same fear thoughts arise every time you are on that edge of growth.

OmArtist: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us Kim! OmArtist is so honored to have you as part of our interview series. You are appreciated!

KS: Thank you OmArtist. I truly appreciate it! 🙂

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Interview with Jill Karkella – Visual Artist & Poet

Jill K. Karkella
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OmArtist: What can you tell us about your story/journey and how you came to be in your current creative mindset?

JK: My creative journey began just about 6 yrs. ago right around Christmas. I had been going through some rough times personally and finally had made the decision to separate from my husband. This was difficult primarily because at the time my 3 girls were very young. I also knew that because of financial pressures we would have to still live under the same roof in a small home. Needless to say I made my mind up and opted for the split. Trying to navigate living together was complicated. The girls father did not want to be separated. I gave up my space and had to pretty much share a different room each day and night with a different daughter. I had no little nook to call my own and eventually it became very difficult. A friend suggested I needed and outlet all my own, for me….Jill. I have always listened to the music of The Grateful Dead. Music like art is a complete spiritual release for me and at that time the music was helping me negotiate my way through the ups and downs of my situation. The same friend suggested maybe I try drawing. I thought, ok what do I have to lose!  My motivation was clear…I would try to illustrate the tunes I loved so much…the music of The GD that was bringing me such joy amidst chaos. So there is where I started drawing.

Slowly but surely with the support of a few close friends and some renewed confidence in myself, I started sharing my work with the music community I was involved with on Facebook. Shockingly people really responded to my images. People really like what I was doing!  Over the course of the next few years I gained a large following, my artwork transformed and my growth as an artist was underway. Now 6 yrs. later I am finally able to call myself an artist (well most of the time!). My work has evolved tremendously and in turn I have as well. My newfound ability to express myself creatively gave me the strength I needed to get through some real challenges without harboring anger or resentment. For that alone I am truly grateful. I have a wonderful following and the gift of self confidence in my abilities. Most importantly I can share my gifts with others and bring color and joy into their worlds…to me the best part of it all.

OmArtist: Your visual art carries with it a very clear message, one that inspires growth in the viewer. Is it your intent to communicate a specific message when you start a new piece or does your message unfold or reveal itself as you progress through the process?

JK: Sometimes I have a clear intent when beginning a new piece. For example if I am choosing to illustrate a specific lyric or if I find a quote that speaks to me, then as I draw my hope is to capture the imagery I see in my mind’s eye. I also hope to capture the essence of the feelings and emotions that have come to life when hearing the song or reading the quote. Sometimes I just know I want to draw a specific thing. As I start, the deeper meaning typically begins to flow and the intention behind the piece becomes clearer.

OmArtist: Jill, do you believe that art carries with it a healing or therapeutic energy with it? If so, can you talk little about how you feel your art contributes to the notion that creativity heals both the artist and the viewer?

JK: I believe art in all forms does carry and convey healing and therapeutic energy. Personally just the fact that I felt compelled to even start drawing says a lot about what art can do for someone.  I pushed myself to go out of my comfort zone and try something new…..often a therapeutic step!  As I  began to express my emotions and feelings visually,  my energy began to feel different….perhaps I was feeling more in tune with myself…perhaps I was beginning to live a more authentic life.  Either way I was beginning to heal from many years of frustration and confusion. The Jill I put on hold was now fighting for her place again. My ongoing artistic experiences and growth keep me healthy!  I also have been writing poetry and those expressions coupled with my drawing are perfect supplements to my healthy diet.

For the viewer, well I can say many people who follow my progress and my art have told me how deeply it touches them. Whether it be a particular piece or a collection of works, I often get such gracious and heartfelt responses from so many. If art can bring joy and solace to someone then it is healing and therapeutic!

OmArtist: In your most recent work there is a beautiful sacred feminine energy to the subject matter. Can you talk about how this amazing energy has surfaced for you in your artwork?

JK: Its funny because today at a show, I sold two of those pieces for those reasons. They evoked within the customer (who was a lovely young woman) a recognition and respect of her womanhood. Those pieces contain lines from poems  I have written inspired by femininity. I felt inspired to honor the divine feminine recently. Maybe because I know so many strong and brave, loving and kind women. Maybe because that is who I strive to be daily. Maybe because it is the network of loving sisters I have in my life that have helped keep me afloat. It is an interesting process we go through in life. As a woman who has just turned 50, I have never loved my spirit and my being more than I do now. I have never been more comfortable in my own skin. As a single mother of three teenage girls I want them to see how valuable and worthy they are of self love. I want all my sisters to believe in their value and capabilities! That is where it all begins.

OmArtist: What mediums are you currently using to create your art work? Are there other mediums that you would like to experiment in?

JK: Currently I work in pencil and art marker such as Copic and Prismacolor. I am interested in the combination of watercolor and pen next!

OmArtist: Aside from your visual art, you are also a writer. Can you tell our audience a little bit about your creative writing? Does this form of creativity surface as inspiration in your visual art as well?

JK: Both my written expression and my drawing are definitely linked. Many times I combine the two. Sometimes I will share a poem and all of the sudden feel compelled to illustrate it in some way. I have often wondered if I could ever put together a book of my poetry and artwork.

OmArtist: Jill, how do you feel mindful practices like living in the moment and/or meditation/prayer (if you practice them) contribute to what you create and your success as an artist?

JK: It is my belief that living in the moment is something many want to do but often have trouble with. I can include myself in there!  I practice moments of gratitude off and on each day. I look for the beauty in small things and unexpected places. They say seek and ye shall find. This could not be more true. So part of my daily routine is a mental and spiritual check in… I doing my best?  Am I present in the here and now?  Am I living and loving through each moment. So yes mindfulness contributes totally to my artistic life. It allows me to uncover beauty and inspiration. It allows my motivations to be based in truth and in those valuable unexpected moments that we can overlook if we get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.

OmArtist: Would you share one of your beautiful poems with our Om Artist audience please?

JK:  I’m happy to;

~~Heartbeat beginning~~

Heartbeat like a myriad flowers,
blooming in a field,
rhythyms deep and flowing,
refusing to ever yield.
Constant as a bird takes to flight,
as the river rambles along,
heartbeat like a diamond’s glow,
to you it will belong.
Vibrations strong and pulsing,
supercharge the air,
energize the atmosphere,
become your bodywear.
Heartbeat sure as the sun will rise,
urging us on to fly,
vibrant patterns linked across,
will draw upon dawn’s sky.
Spiral out in motions free,
no beginning and no end,
joining in this coiled dance,
infuse your body’s bend.
Refreshing like a shower of rain,
yielding a rainbow bright,
heartbeat pull us closer,
then guide us through your light.
Traverse across the ocean’s blue,
dive into the deep,
ride the waves of stories told,
images to keep.
Heartbeat spoken like the story, language passes on,
in each of us it is alive,
awaken in its song.
Carried within souls so vast,
protected and loved all ways,
heartbeat is life ablazing,
sear its imprint on your days.

©Jill Karkella

OmArtist: Thank you so much Jill for taking the time to chat with me. We love your vibe and what you put out to this world in the form of your art and poetry is so positive!! Thank you for creating. You are appreciated!

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Featured Art from Tourmaline .

Reflections of Self by Tourmaline .

Abstraction, chrome and color are key components of the current contemporary art movement. But what happens when the subjects of such art are forced to look inward.? In Reflections of Self, chrome creatures reflect their surroundings, a symbol of their true selves. Horse & Wave represents a longed for freedom in an enclosed mental space.

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Featured Art from Michelle Sakhai

Through the Light by Michelle Sakhai – 20 x 40 in. oil and metal leaf on canvas

Artist Statement
My paintings reference the teachings of Transformative Art. With a focus on light and energy,
each spontaneous stroke serves as a vehicle for healing and channeling peace. While my
approach borders on the style of abstract expressionism with free subconscious markings, my
formal background as a plein air painter directs my work to develop considering light.
Using calm and at times warm colors and gold and silver leaf, the process is emotionally
transformative and spiritually expansive. While my abstract paintings reflect an internal energy
that comes from the present, my work continues to be informed by landscapes of my past.

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Interview with Michelle Sakhai – Intuitive Visual Artist


Michelle Sakhai
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OmArtist: How long have you been pursuing your career as a full time artist? What did you leave behind to follow your passion in art?

MS: I sold my first painting when I was in high school. I always knew I was going to be an artist since I first started painting with water colors around age 6. I went into the art business for a little while before pursuing my passion and devoting myself 100 percent being a full time artist. It wasn’t long before I knew creating was what I was and am here to do and not the business aspect of selling art.

OmArtist: Michelle, can you talk to our audience about how you came to realize that you could create art that would promote healing and peace? Was there a clear turning point in your development as an artist that brought you to a space of healing through art?

MS: This question reminds of the chicken and the egg story… what comes first?
Well, for me it was a bit of both. I began my spiritual journey about 7 years ago while living in San Francisco pursuing my career as an artist. As I evolved spiritually, my work evolved. My paintings changed and I began painting intuitively and began the healing journey within. My work guided me and I guided my work. I may have not realized it then but the process of healing was happening and I think others connected with this process when they saw my paintings. Practicing Reiki and other healing modalities later on just solidified the healing process in my work. Namaste means “The Light in me sees the Light in you.” I like to think my work reflects this.

OmArtist: While I enjoyed your series “Awakening”, I could feel your own awakening in the paintings that represent that beautiful series. Can you talk a little about how this series came to you? Was this series inspired by your own life events?

MS: It’s funny you asked about this series specifically because it was a very meaningful one.
It’s true that I was going through my own inner awakening. Looking back it was the ‘start’ for me. The start of a new direction my work was going in, as well as a new direction for my soul’s journey. It was a transition from creating representational art to abstract Art. I was a landscape painter for about 15 years. I began painting a series of “Sky” images adding gold and silver leafing together with my oil paint. It was what was pouring out of me at the time. Looking back it was the perfect transition from painting landscapes to abstraction. Skies represent so much. Skies are an expanse of space and I was expanding on the inside. I was painting the Universe and heavens that I discovered existed within me.
I had a day to come up with the title of my series for my exhibition and when I went to sleep that night the word “Awakening” came to me in big bold white letters in the middle of the night and I knew that was it.

OmArtist: As a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor, as well as a certified Reiki Master, how do you think these energetically focused expertise contribute to the creation of your artwork?

MS: Since my work is a reflection of me, I think it represents all that I am. Yes I practice both meditation and Reiki however I also practice many other things. The beauty with creating is all that is you and at the same time all that is not you is channeled, transformed, and translated in to the work.
Similar to meditation, I am not my body or mind. I am my art. I am spirit.

OmArtist: Do you feel connecting (ie. meditating, prayer etc) plays a roll in your creative process and/or success as an artist?

MS: Very much so. Meditation allows one to align and connect with their inner light and higher selves. It’s about going inwards when so much of todays world is about directing our energy out. But truth is we have to go “in” before we can go “out.” Since meditating is about connecting with my soul, and delving even deeper than that, it strengthens the ability for my soul to speak through my art and communicate my evolution. Painting like meditation also allows me to transcend duality.

OmArtist: While I think all artists hope to share their own journey through their art, As I take in each of your paintings, I can’t help but to feel as though the titles and the work lead me by the hand through some of your life’s work in personal growth and your spiritual awakening. What are your thoughts on a comment like this? Was this intentional or the divine at work?

MS: I appreciate your question and I guess my work is more transparent than I thought. It reminds me of a quote I put in my book: You can’t fake your creations… authentic art reflects truth. My paintings are the left behind foot prints of what brought me here today. Each piece was like a story to the tapestry of my life that is still being weaved. I like to say that a single painting represents a single thought thats now passed on and transformed. I appreciate what it has given me and the gift of my healing process, but I am not attached nor do I look back on what was. Instead, I like to direct my energy to what I can and will create today. The process of painting still brings healing to my inner being. I believe art is a force of healing for the artist and the viewer. Its a way of channeling peace.

OmArtist: Michelle, It is said that the teacher appears when the student is ready. You’ve been an instructor at University of California Berkeley as well as instructing workshops and so much more. Would you share with our audience what it means to you to provide instruction and guidance to other artists? Also, do you think teaching impacts your work in some way?

MS: I think teaching is helpful for many reasons. For me, it helped solidify what I already knew but also articulate my thoughts while I am creating, which is not an easy thing to do. Being more visual, having to speak about the process of creating and breaking it down was a challenge for me. I think it allowed me to be even more conscious of every stroke, every thought, that went through me. Sharing that inner process and dialogue with an audience is intimate but also rewarding.

OmArtist: Michelle, thank you so much for talking with us. You are truly the embodiment of “creativity with purpose” and we couldn’t be more honored to interview you. You are an inspiration to many and we appreciate the energy you bring to the world. Sat Nam!

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Interview with Tourmaline . – Miniature Diorama Photographer

Tourmaline .
Miniature Diorama Photographer
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OmArtist: Your art is such a unique form of creativity. Could you explain to our audience what miniature diorama photography is and how you came to create in this unique way?

Tourmaline . : Miniature diorama photography, also called toy photography is a form of tableau photography, where a stage is set before the camera lens, but in small scale.

I created my first ever photos of miniatures in high school as a response to an English project. I didn’t find myself dabbling with this form of photography again until college when tasked with a narrative photo assignment. All the narratives I envisioned were quite involved and the more I brain-stormed how best to represent them, the more I became focused on miniature objects.

Miniatures are icons of their full scale counterparts and therefore allow me to tell big stories in a minute way. With them, I can fully manipulate the scene before me.

OmArtist: With your art being so multifaceted, there is a need for you to be part painter, part sculptor, and part photographer, amongst other hats I’m sure. Can you describe your over all creative process for our audience?

Tourmaline . : My photos come to represent my worldview and my emotions. So first, I observe and plan and try to fully develop what I aim to depict. Then, if I don’t already have the necessary props I research ones to buy, or consider how to make the backdrops, surrounds, and all things involved.

Often times, when using HO scale figures (2 cm tall train scale figures), I will cut apart and glue their various pieces together to get the pose I’d like as otherwise these figures are molded entirely rigid. Patterned scrapbook paper is a great far off sky or living room wall. I also will paint paper to the same effect if I’m looking for something more specific. All in all though, I keep my sets quite simple, allowing them to be transformed with light and through my camera lens.

OmArtist: Aside from the skill and creativity it takes to build the scenes themselves, your work speaks to the skillful macro techniques, the beautifully precise depth of field (DOF) and composition in your photography. What came first, the miniatures or the photography? Did one lead to the other?

Tourmaline . : Thank you very much. I suppose the photography came first, at least as far as my artistic journey is concerned. I decided in high school that I wanted to be a photographer. At the time however, I was only interested in black and white landscapes developed in the dark room. That said, since 3 or 4 years old, if not sooner I have always been fascinated with miniatures, the smaller the better. Coveting my grandmother’s shadow box shelf, I would gently pick up and observe the tiny intricacies that lied within it. It seems only inevitable that these two passions would end up combined. It simply took me awhile to get there. Since I have though, I haven’t looked back.

OmArtist: Being an artist requires one to experiment in this day and age. It seems to me that your style of creating would require you to be highly experimental. Can you talk a little about that part of your work for us?

Tourmaline . : My work, for me, is definitely experimental. While I remain focused on miniature scenes in my art, I believe this type of photography can span all genres of the medium in its own way – from portraiture to architecture, surreal and documentary. And in this, I like to dabble in each possibility. On top of that, for each photo, I’m discovering how best to lay out the scene, how much of which to remain mysteriously hidden in darkness or fog, how to make everything stay precisely in it’s place and so on. I’m constantly finding a balance between obscuring scale to create realistic images, and leaving hints of the miniature world within. It’s a fascinating process, of which I’m not sure I’ll ever be done evolving.

OmArtist: What is the most common materials/mediums you’ve used and what is the most unusual materials/mediums you have used in creating these amazing miniatures?

Tourmaline . : Paper and plastic figures are found over and over in my photographs. Almost as common are clay, glue and cardboard. Maybe not entirely uncommon, but for me, I’ve found myself using play sand and a fog machine more and more. And most recently I’m experimenting with mirror chrome paint.

OmArtist: Tourmaline ., why did you choose this style of creative expression? What is it about this type of art that drives your passion and speaks to you?

Tourmaline . : It may sound too simplistic, but I’ve always been obsessed with the tiniest objects. I also like the idea of photography as transformative. As magic. That with the right angle and lighting the smallest things can be brought to life. I like being able to fully manipulate the scene before me to create precisely what is in my head, and I also like toys as icons, both present and unattainable.

OmArtist: You’ve created book covers and album art for clients, to some extent interpreting their book or music into art that encompasses their body of work. When and how did this type of work present itself to you? Do you find this type of work enjoyable?

Tourmaline . : I am very passionate about print medium. While I don’t read as often as I’d like, I would much prefer paper to a screen. And I believe a cover speaks volumes about its contents. My style of photography is very illustrative and therefore lends itself well to interpretations of stories. While work with clients has its ups and downs, overall I very much enjoy visually bringing to life an authors work. My first foray into this type of creation was for my father’s book back in 2012 – Working Would be Great if it Weren’t for Managers.

OmArtist: As someone who identifies yourself as an Empath, how do you think feeling/absorbing others energies affects your art work? Or your ability to create?

Tourmaline . :I like to think that all of my art work is emotive. Each piece represents an emotion – and often those emotions are that of loneliness, anxiety, depression and the like. I absorb what others are feeling around me almost instantaneously. I watch a movie and put myself in each characters shoes, which can make scenes of pain whether mental or physical very difficult for me.

While my deeply emotional nature can get in the way of creating as I can experience debilitating anxiety, when I do get into my studio, or when I simply sit down to brainstorm, the ideas flow like waterfalls. And those ideas are always based around portraying these emotions. I can’t say they’re always good ideas – but part of the joy of creating is figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

OmArtist: Tourmaline . , how do you feel mindful practices like living in the moment and/or meditation/prayer (if you practice them) contribute to what you create and your success as an artist?

Tourmaline . : I’m not very good at living in the moment. But I find when I let myself be and stop putting so much immense pressure on myself I can create much more eloquent art.

OmArtist: We believe that art carries with it the energy of the artist. What are your thoughts on this statement with regard to your work?

Tourmaline . : Every single creative act is a personal one. I don’t believe art can be created without the artist fully immersed within it.

OmArtist: Tourmaline . , thank you so much for the opportunity to interview you. We are blown away by the skills you have and the work it takes to create your amazing images. We wish you continued success! You are appreciated!

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0 In Artist Interviews

Interview with Helping Improve Mankind (Clothing Line)


Kallundah & Judy
Helping Improve Mankind, LLC.
Clothing line and Mindful Company
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OmArtist: What can you tell our audience about your story?  What inspired you to create a company that operates in such a mindful and socially conscious way? Did another company set an example or did you just simply see the need to create such a company?

HIM: I feel the most important part of our story is how H.I.M. began. It is truly a love child in all sense of the word. Judy took my dreams and my vision and created it, manifested it into a reality. Despite all the obstacles in the way, the biggest one being that I’m in prison. She took a shoestring budget of $500 and got everything she needed to create the company you see before you today. She took it on all by herself to learn how to screen print as well as every aspect of the apparel business. All the way down to how to make screens from scratch using frames. I truly give her all the credit for where we are now!

OmArtist: As your company name suggests,  you are literally helping improve mankind by giving back to the homeless in your community.  What inspired you to give back in this way specifically?

HIM: Initially, we created H.I.M. as something that we both could do while we were separated. Something that could help us keep the bond and grow as a couple. We were simply trying to take this negative situation and turn it into a positive.

We also took inspiration from Tom’s Shoes. We thought it was a dope idea to base a company around helping others. After studying it, we were inspired by some elements but we added and implemented our own ideas. What makes us different is that we are truly out here in the community. Helping Improve Mankind is our brand, our motto and its our day to day agenda.

Even if we don’t make sales, we still go out and try to bless people. We see it this way, the universe will provide for us because of what we’re doing. Our company will continue to grow because our intentions are pure. One day we will have the means to do bigger and greater things for our fellow man.

OmArtist: In giving back to the community in the way that you do, have you kept track of how many homeless people you’ve helped?

HIM: We refer to the homeless as “The Residential Impaired”. Te reason we chose to concentrate on them is because I know how it feels to be one. I have been on the streets, I spent a good portion of my adult life not having a stable place to live, and no one to really help me or give me encouragement, or tell me I can do something better to fix my life! To tell tell me that this wasn’t the end!

To most Residential Impaired people, this is very important. They don’t choose to be in their situation. When people say “JUST get a job”, they don’t realize that it doesn’t fix things. How hard is it to get a job when you have nowhere to live, or clean clothes, and some can barely get a shower. Most people don’t look at the underlining stuff on why people are homeless, which is why they stay homeless. Nobody wants to hire them, nobody wants to really help them in the end.

As far as how many people we have helped, we really don’t keep track. Unfortunately  the population of the Residential impaired people in our area doesn’t change, we end up helping the same people much more than once or twice.

OmArtist: With graphics like street art, mystical art, and spiritual art, can you tell our audience what inspires the clothing designs that you create? Are the designs created in house?

HIM: Every image we print on our shirts or the designs for the HIM4HER line were all created by me, Kallundah. I have been in the arts my whole life. I’m self taught , using every medium from acrylic paints to applying tattoos. I am a student of culture and multiple beliefs, which I display that through my art. The Symbolism I use is mainly Kemetically influenced because my main study is Egypt. I also use line segments from Sumerian Cuneiform, Buddhist and Hinduism symbolism. I draw inspiration from anything I feel is beautiful honestly, it really depends what kind of mood I’m in.

OmArtist: Some of our Om Artist staff members own a few of your t-shirt designs and we’ve seen other items that you created, such as dresses and hoodies. Are there any plans of explaining into other products?  (i.e. yoga pants and mats or tapestries etc)

HIM: H.I.M. is just starting! We are barely scratching the surface of our design capability. There’s so much that we don’t have the capital or man power to produce as of yet. Yes we do have designs for a Yoga Inspired line. As for Yoga mats!? Never thought about that but that is an awesome idea, we will have to look into it. H.I.M. wants to have our hands in everything, clothing is just the beginning. We want to Help Improve, Help Inspire, Help Innovate Mankind.

Hope that answered  all of your questions, we really truly thank you for featuring us, this is our first interview, but its a big boost in our morale. Again remember H.I.M is not just our brand, it’s what we are out here doing. Thank You again!!! We love you guys! Peace and Love Always!

OmArtist: Thank you so much to both of you for talking to us and for all this amazing things you do in your community. What you do in your city only helps the world. You are appreciated! Much Love to you both!


0 In Artist Interviews

Interview with Josh Bulriss – Photographer and Visual Artist


Josh Bulriss
Photographer, Visual Artist, Traveler, and Explorer of Cultures
Purchase Josh’s work on his website:
Follow Josh: Instagram – @joshbulriss and on Twitter – @joshbulriss

OmArtist: Josh, are you pursuing your art/photography as a full time career? If so, what did you leave behind to pursue your dream and what made you take the leap into following your passion full time?

JB: My art is full time, but it’s less like a job and more like a lifestyle. I’ve made huge sacrifices as does any artist trying to make their dream become a reality.  But I really wouldn’t have it any other way. Sacrifice, dedication, passion I believe these are the key ingredients for success.

OmArtist: What can you tell us about your story and how you came to be in your current creative mindset? Was creating in your cards early on in life or something that struck you later?

JB: In my teenage years writing music with bands was my outlet for being creative.  After High school I started taking trips out to Hawaii to visit my Grandma, it was there that I started taking photos with a small point shoot camera for fun. That’s when I realized photography and traveling were exactly what I wanted to be doing.

OmArtist: I see from your website and portfolio that you have ventured into painting and even composing music, how did the adoption of these other art forms come into play for you? What inspired you to reach outside your photography to create?

JB: Music came first as a teenager then photography, then painting. Art is something I always loved viewing especially  abstract art.  I started painting in Hawaii for another way of expressing my creativity, and ended up selling my first painting within 3 months of learning. That was huge eye opener for me.  Even though my paintings and photography are so different, they actually have some similarities like texture, color and appearance of aging.

OmArtist: How many countries have you traveled to in order to capture your impressive images?

JB: 12 countries across Asia, and most of them more than once. I am on a journey to find and photograph some of most unique and beautiful Buddha statues in the world.

OmArtist: With regard to your very popular “Buddha Project”, did you set out to create this series purposefully from the beginning? How many images are available in this project to date? How long have you been creating this body of work?

JB: I have spent over 2 1/2 years in Asia photographing a lot of various things. I was always looking to photograph things that brought me peace, with hopes of the images bringing the viewer some form of peace as well. I really didn’t have a direct focus like I have now when I started my travels to Asia. It was a slow progression that evolved into the Buddha Project.

I knew I needed a direct focus on a project that I have passion for in order to be successful. I had written to some accomplished photographers to ask them if they could take a look at my work and give me some advice. They would all say the same thing. “What’s your direction? It’s best to have a project with a narrow focus.” I knew I needed to to come up with something that I was passionate about along with being quite original.

I have never seen an artist doing anything like what I am doing with my Buddha project, and I think that’s important. 3 years ago my mother passed away and I knew she wanted me to keep following my dreams and passion as an artist. That’s when I came up with the idea of the Buddha Project. Seeking out statues across Asia that were were unique and beautiful in their texture, color, decay or had an interesting surrounding.

OmArtist: What would you like to share with our mindful audience about the purpose of your art?

JB: My daily goal is to make people just feel better. I use my photography with some inspiring quotes to try to uplift and teach people about Buddhism and having a more positive outlook on life. I think Finding our purpose in life is extremely important. I really feel I have found mine. Following our passion and dreams help us feel alive, and when we feel alive we help make others feel alive as well. This can impact the world in a huge way.

OmArtist: Your body of work as a whole is very much dedicated to capturing the essence of cultures. What is it about these traditions, ceremonies and cultural experiences that draws you in?

JB: I really enjoy photographing rich timeless culture, especially with Buddhism, that’s my main focus right now. There’s something so peaceful and uplifting to me about photographing monks and Buddha statues in ancient historic places.

OmArtist: The age old question that every photographer gets asked…. Canon or Nikon?

JB: Canon. I’m not sure if one is better than the other, I started with Canon so I stuck with it. I use the Canon 7d

OmArtist: What’s coming next from you Josh? Any new projects for focus coming in the near future?

JB: I will be heading back to Asia this November (2017) for 3 months to keep working on my Buddha Project. It has been huge for me, and I can’t stop the momentum I have going. Not sure of the exact countries yet. I am still working on it. But so far I have Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal and maybe Indonesia. I am also looking forward to having my first solo art show at Makers Gallery in Rochester, NY Oct 14th, 2017.

OmArtist: Josh, I love to ask this question of artist that connect to create. Do you feel connecting (ie. meditation, prayer. mantra etc) plays a roll in your creative process and/or success?

JB: I do believe this is a huge part of the process for creating art, at least for me. Being in that moment when I am photographing or painting is big part. I use photography as a form of meditation. When you are in that moment and nothing else around you matters, it’s a form of mediation.  It’s important to be present in life, art teaches me this.

OmArtist: Thank you so very much for talking with us Josh! We are excited to see what you bring back for us (all of your fans) from your next journey. You are appreciated! Sat Nam my friend, and safe travels!