Sushila Oliphant, Miami Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Sushila Oliphant draws her inspiration from inner traditions from her spiritual teachers. She grew up in Hampden Highlands, Maine. She, David and Penny, her brother and sister, were taught to draw and paint by their Grandmother during the harsh winter months. Penny Oliphant is also an accomplished Maine artist. Their Grandmother, Dorothy Chadeayne, was a graduate from Pratt Art Institute and a professional artist whose work was shown throughout New England and Florida. Sushila was further inspired by her travels to Canada, Arizona, California, Georgia, Smoky Mountains, Colorado, New England, Florida as well as throughout the Yucatan and Chiapas in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
The artist works in pen and ink, pastels, colored pencils, graphite, watercolor, collages, acrylics on found wood and also does digital photography using Photoshop. Nature and spiritual themes are her favorite subjects. Sushila has developed her own line of Native American, Mayan and Yoga T-Shirts from her artwork. In 1996, she created a graphic and web design company, Harmonic Designs.
Sushila spent several years in an ashram studying Vedantic Yoga philosophy under Swami Jyotirmayananda. She helped illustrate his books, monthly magazine "The Yoga Guide" and designed the website. She learned graphic design while working on his publications. Her art became meditative, a tool for higher consciousness - the painter and the painting merge. Each piece of art that she creates leaves its mark on the viewer of serenity and spiritual sensitivity.
Ms. Oliphant has won several awards for her work in various art shows in Maine, Colorado, Merida, Mexico and Florida. Sushila's recent exhibition was held by Stillpoint Art Gallery.
She also served on the Board of the Institute of Maya Studies at the Museum of Science in Miami for over six years, designed their monthly newsletter, event posters and other marketing materials.
Sushila has three children, Joshua Noland, Matthew Archer and Kimberly McKenzie.