Description Om brahma shantihMay our body, mind, and soul be in peace and harmony and free from pollution.Labyrinth Om, inspired by the Celtic labyrinth showing that all spiritual paths lead to the same central Oneness.Original painted in watercolors, sold.
Om Shantih, Annandale Member Since June 2008 Artist Statement “I dedicate this art to my spiritual Mother and teacher, Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi), as it’s through Her that I learn to express Divine Love in art in the forms of Hindu and Buddhist deities, and of nature. I am mostly drawn to painting the Hindu ‘pantheon’ of Gods as they represent the many faces and aspects of one God. Descriptions with each piece show how they relate in everyday life to everyday people, as the deities have a life and magic of their own being rooted in the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, and bhakti (devotion).” Om’s love and practice of the ancient Sanskrit language has compelled her to tie in sacred verses with the paintings from various revered texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Shri Lalita Sahasranama, Hanuman Chalisa, and others.
Om Shantih has shown and sold her art to different galleries, yoga, meditation, and spiritual centers since 1981. In upstate New York she was part of Wade Fabric Art Gallery, in Sugar Loaf, and directed the Om Shantih Gallery, in Monroe, at the Yoga Society of New York where she also taught yoga classes. In 1987 Om recieved a grant from the NY State Council of the Arts to teach quilted painting workshops to both children and adults. From 2000 to 2006, Om worked at Films for the Humanities & Sciences as a full time graphic designer.
Om graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design, Florida in 1981. She started out making her quilted paintings that were later collected all over the country as well as abroad. Many paintings were commissioned for restaurants, banks, hotels, condominiums, and private residences in Florida.
In 1984, Om chose the path of meditation and yoga, and in 1993 her spiritual teacher, Guruji, (Sri Brahmananda Sarasvati) ignited her love of Hindu deities. He told her to paint the “Rasa Lila” (Dance of Enlightenment) really large, and that it would go around the world. Upon completion of the preliminary painting, Om had a serendipitous meeting with the head of the UN Archives and was quickly invited to show her art in Geneva in a special commemorative exhibit. After a year of work, the final "Rasa Lila" wall hanging traveled for 3 years in Europe with this UN exhibit honoring women who worked for world peace. Only a few quilted paintings remain since Om Shantih has transitioned away from painting on fabric and has gone back to traditional painting.
In 2006, Om left the corporate world to go back to college full time to finish her degree in art education by 2009 at the College of New Jersey. Her main interest is to teach art to elementary school children, either in public or private institutions with an inspiration to guide children in finding their self esteem and higher intelligence through the creative process.
Posters and Cards have white border with Sanskrit or title underneath image. Many images are available as archival canvas prints and photo prints. All images are available as 5x7 gift cards, blank inside, with envelopes.
Today, Om Shantih works alongside of her husband Dave Lewis, a professional musician, who manages distribution and sales of her artwork across the country. Many original pieces are still for sale. The website is www.devotionalarts.net
A percentage of our profits are donated to Amma’s charitable trusts that feed, house, and give emergency aid to the poor in this country as well as in India and elsewhere. For more information about Amma and her humanitarian services go to www.amma.org.