~ Special Commissions ~
From Visonary-Artist-Designer, Leslie Montana
Since the beginning of history, art and its creation have been thought to have a special connection with the divine. As a testament to that, I can tell you that when I’m attuned and ready to paint, absolutely everything is so stunningly beautiful. It’s as if I’m peering through and into another realm of higher reality. My job is to sit in an active meditation and allow the painting to be created through me as I hold that vision. It's a spiritual pursuit, as many seasoned artists will tell you. Spending many hours in earnest, paintbrush in hand, with deepening self-reference as my guide, I untangled myself from many of the shoulds I learned in early life. It's a never-ending pursuit to become free of that stuff, that is, to actually discern between what your mind projects and what is truly there. And— when you get really deep and relax the realization emerges that 'no-thing' is there!
When it comes to painting it's not about what something should be or look like in the mundane sense. It's actually a dialogue with consciousness and so it falls under the category of infinite and never-ending. I may not have had the words to convey it years ago, but replacing limited consciousness with my own pure presence is ultimately what I was on to. There was no turning back. I didn't know what meditation was and I had to be my own teacher. I'd just innocently embarked on a healing journey because it was the most important thing to me. All the while I had to trust in the process of life as I walked through uncomfortable territory and many very dark hours on my own. Consequently, I've become very good at leading others back into the light through the beauty I capture in my work. My artwork is a doorway. It's not for everyone but if you feel it and it makes you feel better, it's talking to you.
When I'm working the place I go in my interior is key, and my skills, while important are actually secondary even though they're highly developed. When I’m connected and in the zone, I create with the heart of my higher self and it all comes through as it's meant to. I’m centered in what I call an ultra-alive, quiet, spaciousness and the energy of that presence or awareness is free to come through and become part of the work. Apparently, it's an altered state, but it feels completely normal to me.
The light of life streams through my hands while I'm working. Usually reserved for creative activity, this state is becoming my everyday normal. On more than one occasion I’ve been approached on a dancefloor and told that streams of color were streaming out of my fingertips. Engrossed in the experience of life, it’s actual life that streams through me when I’m painting and creating. The inspiration I experience, my connection to source, comes through and embeds itself into semi-physical form as an energetic imprint into my creations. It's quite tangible to those who are sensitive to my work. This energy, which has often been described as palpable by my collectors and is a wonderful thing. And my process which involves attention, intention and all that I do to make a work of art, creates something unique that can become a very special painting for you. Exquisite Paintings on the Nature of Flowers - Exclusively for You.
I was born with the gift of vision and it's an integrated part of my being. In 2018, I began seriously pondering what I might see for the benefit of my clients and collectors. Could I talk about this? Would people understand? I knew I could delve into and reveal something special using paint and brush that was just for my special commission clients. As I experimented the answers came quickly and arrived as images and ideas that were assigned to the people I inquired about. None of this is really new for me but I think perhaps the world is more ready for this offering today. I believe it is. Special Commissions, Exquisite Paintings on the Nature of Flowers, Exclusively for You is my answer. As your curiosity becomes real and gains momentum it creates the space for me to see your work of art in the ethers. Then, the magic happens. The act of bringing it into being. Let's explore what's possible for you. Please contact me for more information and to find out how you may commission a work of art. I look forward to hearing from you. Leslie Montana