Jonna Jensen

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May 052015
Jonna Jensen

Jonna Jensen’s Tree of Life

Trees, in all their magical glory, are powerful symbols of physical and spiritual nourishment, transformation, sustenance, spiritual growth, fertility and union. In Norse mythology, the Yggdrasil tree or tree of life is often seen as noble.

Growing up on a farm in the Norse lands of the Netherlands, artist Jonna Jensen spent her childhood exploring the nearby woods, where she would discover a strong affinity with trees under their protective gaze. “I’ve always been very much drawn to nature. I spend a lot of time there, and everything I see, I absorb,” she says. “Some of these things inspire me, mostly trees. I feel a strong connection to them and the forest, sometimes it even feels like I am a part of it all.”

Jonna JensenTrees have always played a significant role in Jensen’s work. Whether the trees she paints are with or without blossoms, the Jonna Jensenbranches and trunk, always the centerpiece of her paintings, are emblematic of strength and power. Fluid lines and bursts of color in acrylic, sometimes bold and sometimes faint, chart the trees through seasons or environmental concern. Winter Soul depicts a towering tree with a full head of red blossoms. While Tree of Life shows a trunk that twists and turns into an infinite loop of branches as it basks in the sun. Then there are the beautiful, ornate wands that Jensen has created from tree branches, and incorporating other earthly elements such as gemstones in her magical offerings.

_85-3“I would describe my art as a spiritual representation of nature, or better yet, a representation of the spirituality that is nature,” Jensen explains. “I feel a deep need to express what I see and what I feel, to capture it before it fades, and to share it. These things are given to me visually, that makes me want to use the brush.

“When I paint, I feel like time stands still, like I am living in the moment, and I am one with what I paint. I then do not get tired, nothing can distract me, I feel complete, there are no worries, there is only me.”

Jensen’s spiritual path started early. The need to paint and draw came intuitively to someone born into a family where creativity was applauded. Jonna Jensen“Most of my family members seemed to have a desire to express themselves in a creative manner, and I was no different,” she says. “As far as I can tell, what was different about me was the way I viewed the world. Some spiritual sight seemed to offer me a different perspective. As a young girl I felt the desire to draw, to paint, to give expression to my dreams, fantasies and visions.”

Jonna Jensen tells an illustrative story of what is going on in the elemental environment around her. Although she was not _85-4“consciously aware” in her youth that she was pursuing art in this manner, she says: “I’ve always had a deep fascination for nature. I believe the urge was there from the very beginning. I started drawing (often nature-related) at a very young age.”

Jonna JensenThrough the eyes of her soul, Jonna Jensen has developed what appears to be a photographic memory of what it is she desires to draw or paint. “I am also inspired by my dreams and visions, which are very vivid, and frequent,” Jensen says. “Somehow I’ve often been able to hold on to these images clearly and long enough to translate them into my paintings. Those times I was able to do that, were the times the inspiration sprang from my inner being.”

Jensen recalls wanting to go to art academy as a young woman, but as with many artists like her born with a gift, art school is rarely the path they need nor should pursue. “More than anything in the world I wanted to attend the art academy, but me being a woman I had little prospective future, my parents told me,” she says. “So my art is purely, and simply, me.”

Today Jonna Jensen mostly uses acrylics, but in the past she used to work with oils. Soapstone have become a particular interest of the artist, whereby she recently created a sculpture depicting a circle of people in a protective embrace, made using the material. She is also looking at gaining access to materials so she can work with wood next. Sometimes, Jenna explains, she can get through several canvases in a week, each with a different tale to tell.

“One time I actually made four paintings in a week, one of a robin, for my sister. An abstract painting for my son, since he liked one I made for myself in the past. I made two others as well, ” she describes. “All of them, except for the robin, came to me in visions. These visions come to me at night, which is often the case.”

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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior, intuitive counselor and life coach. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or

Asakura Kouhei’s World

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Apr 082015
Asakura Kouchei's World

Asakura Kouhei’s world where animals and the elements meet

Japanese illustrator Asakura Kouhei’s world is one where animals and the four elements – fire, water, air and earth – live in harmony within a psychedelic playground, executed with rainbow watercolors and acrylics.

The Tokyo-born Kouhei grew up close to nature, in a place rich with greenery and filled with magic. It was at the age of three that he recalls wanting to become an artist after his father, who went fishing, came home with a rainbow trout. The distinct colors and features of the fish inspired the young Kouhei to draw the rainbow trout, and with it was planted a deep fascination for nature and color that is so recognizably Azakura Kouhei’s stamp.

Asakura Kouhei’s worldKouhei began to expand his technical skills at high school where he learnt to work with oil paints. But it is the combination of watercolor and acrylics that dominates the artist’s work today. He focuses on translating nature’s journey through acrylic, watercolor, and unique color and pattern combinations.

Austrian painter Egon Schiele, renowned for his erotic art, has been an influence on Kouhei’s work. Schiele’s meticulous attention to detail in his line drawings is something that Kouhei has developed in his art.

Kouhei’s colourful prism adds vibrancy, boldness and purity in his translations of Mother Earth and all her marvels. How nature and humans co-exist Asakura Kouhei's worldis a theme that runs across Kouhei’s paintings. It is the desire to explore the way humans and nature live together that Japanese wildlife photographer, Michio Hoshino, championed that inspired Kouhei.

In an interview with The Well Pennies, Kouhei explained: “Michio Hoshino was a photographer who lived in Alaska. He wanted to know about the way humans and nature live together. I was inspired by his vision of nature.”

Artist-Asakura-Kouchei-watercolor-colored-pencel-illustration-drawings_2“The world is shaped by a big energy of nature,” Kouhei added. “I am made by a lot of particles that have been travelling around the world since the universe started. The particle might have been rain, bear or mountain.”

It’s Kouhei’s analogy of the “particle” that is so prominent in his paintings be it a physical manifestation of a mountain, bear, sun, Asakura Kouhei's worldantelope, water or fish.

A popular presence on Behance since 2012, Kouhei has been showcasing his work to international acclaim. In 2014, he won the Tokyo Independent Exhibition award. And more recently, his work featured on The Well Pennies, ‘Endlings’, album cover.

Picture credits: Asakura Kouhei

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counsellor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or

Jennifer Mourin

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Feb 042015
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Jennifer Mourin: Goddesses at the heart of art


Just before artist Jennifer Mourin puts gouache to canvas, it is the Goddesses and Angels that she calls upon to confirm her inkling. The self-taught artist, based in Malaysia, has grown up with a strong awareness of one such Goddess that she inhabits, Gaea, which is inherent in much of her work.

Working with gouache, acrylic and oils, her art features and celebrates strong women in all facets of their daily lives – women responding to the on-going changes in their environment and communities, women seeking spiritual balance and love, women as care-givers of mother earth, women as monitors of the development affecting her environment, and women as resisters of destruction. Themes of motherhood and nurturing feature heavily across the art of Jennifer Mourin, where bold colors, curvaceous figures and spiritual messages unequivocally converge in this playground of life through the eyes of Mourin herself. An ode to Gaia.

Jennifer Mourin“Gaia is all around me,” states the Malaysian-born Mourin. “Overlooking the hills near where I live there are red spots. You see all the red earth – it’s like Gaia’s bleeding. It gets me mad when she is abused. There is a nurturing energy about being a woman. I see it in Mother Earth. But take care of her. She is sustaining us but humans trample on her constantly and for what greed, vanity. There are red patches here because people have cut trees, but why not replant what you take.”

Strong women are celebrated across Mourin’s artwork and she is thankful for growing up in a family of strong matriarchs. With grandmothers of Thai origin on both her maternal and paternal side, Jennifer Mourin has been inspired by her mother’s Thai village in Kelantan, east Malaysia. She has even claimed the sarongs that the women in Kelantan wear as a totem for her identity and art. The beautifully coloured, batik-style prints feature heavily throughout her pieces.

“Female energy comes to the fore for me,” she says. “The colors and dramas in my mother’s village were an influence on me. I’m not really a floral kind of person – but suddenly this world of florals came to the fore for me.”

The women that Mourin depicts in her art are voluptuous and shapely women – beautiful and truly feminine. “There is a certain look and view of a women’s body that takes precedence over what is real,” she says. “The pictures I draw are very real. Women are not model thin, that’s not reality. The point is the variety of our shapes and sizes, and the fact that unites us is that we are women.”

One woman that Mourin has a huge amount of respect for is her mother, who was also the first person to recognize her talent from an early age. “My mother had to take care of two precocious children,” she laughs. “It was because of her that I got into art.”

Jennifer Mourin“My mother’s creativity amazes me,” Mourin adds. “She used to trace these cartoons and whatever she used to see in my books. She’d do outlines and then she’d get me to color them in with a very basic kids’ paint and brush set. She would sit there and say ‘go on then’. I could lose myself – it was almost like taking me to another space and my mum would leave me to it and let me get on with it.”

But Mourin’s own creative journey was not one that would take her down a “formal” route per se. The Eurasian artist didn’t go to art college and she is purely self-taught. Inspired by human rights, the environment and women rights, Mourin pursued a route which saw her spend time working for women’s liberation magazine, Spare Rib, writing about race relations, feminism, human rights and environmental rights, whilst living in London in the 1980s. She also worked in various roles in Malaysia for the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific, and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development.

In 2009, she decided to take the plunge and pursue her art. Going from full-time employment to part-time consultancy so she could work on her artJennifer Mourin, she admits “was scary”. But fortunately Mourin’s consultancy work at the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and work as an artist has bode well. “Concurrently in my part-time job at WABA, it was a space where lots of things started to come together. The struggle for mothers struck a chord. Breastfeeding and the whole issue with visibility and rights. My work at WABA has informed my work as an artist.”

Jennifer MourinMany of Mourin’s pieces feature women breastfeeding, an act that she is aware of has become controversial, even viewed as an ‘obscene’ act in society’s eyes. “I reclaim this as well, rebelling in the power of mothers supporting mothers, women supporting women,” she adds. “A woman has a right to choose whether she wants to breastfeed her child. When she does choose, it is only right that she is supported to breastfeed and nurture her child whether at home, in the workplace, or in other places she exists as a part of the society that she lives in.”

Mourin cites Frida Kahlo and Paul Gauguin as some of her influences. But given she has not been driven by the technicalities of art, she acknowledges Jennifer Mourinthat it is their stories that have captivated her. “I absorb their essence as artists, and respect their style,” she explains. “I connect because Frida Kahlo faced her own reality and Paul Gauguin went searching for something and went to Tahiti looking for a utopia and stumbled on other problems. Nothing’s perfect  – thru the pain of their own realities they found a way of putting it in such a real and beautiful way and that’s what excites me.”

Speaking about her own foray into art, Mourin says: “I draw organically from the heart. The technical component can not be the only thing in art otherwise it becomes soulless.

“Just letting my inner voice and the issues that I find fascinating and that vex me, and channel it to come out in ink, color, gauche and acrylic – I guess I found a trademark signature style.

“I found my voice. I found my signature and people could see it was my work. There was an assuredness and confidence that I gained from having people react positively to my rather than be formally educated.

“I can never copy something. I always do my own spin. That came through as well. This is my way of putting myself and my thoughts and concerns on the canvas. As long as I am happy with it and it is real, that is my reality check.”

Mourin’s art is also influenced by the eternal search for balance and fulfillment of the souls’ spiritual journey, and the pursuit of understanding of ones’ reality. Through her paintings, she informs her audience of what is truly going on in the world – including the story of endangered species such as the Horn Bill Bird and Tiger of Malaysia. One of the best compliments she has ever received was from a person, who bought one of her paintings, who said that her art “doesn’t bludgeon you over the head but the beauty and the power of the paintings resonates”.

“It’s not an overt message,” Mourin explains. “But it’s there. I’m making visible either what people take for granted or find obscene.”

Spiritually Mourin calls on the universe to help her. While the reality of living on Mother Earth or Gaia is ultimately what she paints, it is the Goddess Bastet that Mourin has a real affinity with. Goddess Bastet – the Egyptian Goddess, depicted with the head of a cat, who is associated with protection, pleasure, the sun, moon and fertility – was also an inspiration behind Mourin’s venture into erotic art.

“The goddess at the center of my heart is the Goddess Bastet,” she rejoices. “When I started opening my heart and mind to art, she came to me stronger more than anybody else and more than any other goddess and it just made sense. We just clicked. She is a very multi-dimensional goddess. I picked one that is multi-dimensional – I grew up with a mother who is a multi-tasker. I grew up with women, grandmothers, aunties, friends who multi-task – I multi-task. Women do it everyday. Sometimes we are frustrated because it’s not the best but we get it done. Goddess Bastet has spoken to me so many times and in so many ways.”

Mourin also has a team of Angels that help her channel the images that she wants to. “The Angels Michael, Raphael, Zachariel, Uriel and Gabriel – they help me at various times. They help me put all my thoughts into a message, and they help me with the symbolism.”

When she gets to work on a canvas, Mourin also calls upon Goddess Freya for courage, Athena for wisdom and Lakshmi for abundance. “I’ve learned to keep saying  thank you for things because even though I get angry about the things I see in the world, injustices and so on, Lakshmi and Aphrodite have helped me to see beauty still and the beauty for me is my work. I’ve often been scared that people would say your stuff is so pretty but there is actually so much substance that I put in to my work.”

Selling a piece of her art to someone who understands her message puts things into perspective for Mourin. “You could say my paintings are my children. I want it to go to a home where it’s going to mean something to the buyer,” she adds.

“I have turned people down who want to buy my art because I didn’t feel right about it. It’s like giving a piece of your soul away. I can’t do this if it’s purely commercial. It’s coming in different ways and coming in ways that are more acceptable. It’s not about charging a huge amount – it’s about touching a person’s soul for years to come.”

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, creative warrior and intuitive counselor. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker. Applying that very same ethic, she also offers creative coaching and intuitive counselling services to help others discover their own truth. Get in touch with Huria at or



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Dec 232014

Cryptik’s third eye-opening art

Hawaiian artist Cryptik is aiming to open up people’s third eye by bringing popular Eastern philosophy iconography to skateboards, streets, turntable decks, studio spaces, bandannas and murals the western world over.

References to Eastern, Buddhist and Hindu religions feature strongly throughout Cryptik’s work. For someone who draws inspiration from Buddhism, quantum mechanics and psychedelics, Cryptik says he is mostly inspired by ideas that “challenge his perception of reality”. 

Cryptik He’s the man behind the intricate and detailed designs of Gandhi, Buddha and the elephant-headed deity Ganesha that adorn Cryptik streets in LA, San Francisco and Honolulu.

Cryptik’s street art hopes to inspire higher levels of consciousness and awareness within the eye of the beholder. The pieces are meant to provoke one to reflect upon and understand their place in the universe and the framework in which they view them.

The first piece that Cryptik put out back in 2008 was actually the story of his own spiritual journey, told through images and symbols. “It was just my way of sharing all the things I had learned and continue to learn, with the public at large,” he says.

Cryptik Now you can catch his artwork on everything from stickers, skateboards, mandala mats, phone cases as well as galleries. The LA-based artist’s work Cryptik has also been documented in a book featuring his personal tributes to the cultural characters of eastern philosophy and their stories.

The street artist set up The Cryptik Movement to serve as a public art campaign dedicated to “helping humanity evolve towards greater awareness and understanding through the use of compelling, iconic imagery that demands both scrutiny and reverie”. 

The main objective of the Movement is to challenge people to think of other possibilities and to see a different reality, by provoking wonder and inspiring thought. It states: “one that encompasses many ideologies, philosophies, and belief systems in order to help us better understand our place in the universe. The organization is entirely free of any religious or political agendas and, therefore, serves only to provoke wonder and inspire thought. The goal of this organization is to serve as a catalyst for a change in consciousness on a global scale. At this very critical juncture in human history, either we evolve or perish.”

Cryptik adds: “It is my belief that we are still evolving as a species, hopefully towards greater awareness, compassion and understanding. My goal is to simply be the spark that sets people off to ask their own questions, to come to their own conclusions. Generally, I do believe that art has the potential to change the way people think in, that it forces your brain to create new pathways and make connections that didn’t exist previously. This is evolution.”

Pictures: c/o The Cryptik Movement

Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.



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Nov 192014

Cranio’s blue Indigenous Indians are iconic characters along city streets in Sao Paolo and London, and more recently, galleries across the world.

The Brazilian artist, who so effortlessly blends humour and politics with a spray can, is opening up the art world to a Brazil that is far from what is reported on, given the country’s growing popularity on an IMG_4129international media level.
CranioCranio says: “Lots of things are happening all the time, bad and good. I want to show things that are happening with the indigenous people living in Brazil in my art. Some of them are trying to adapt; others have adapted really well to capitalism; others are trying to sell the Brazilian rainforest to grab some money and cool iPhone. I love to criticize all of it!”

Cranio’s signature Indians, spray painted in blue, were born after the attempt to find a character that could show the indigenous people from Brazil. His murals explore issues including consumerism, identity, environment and political corruption.Cranio

The artist has traveled the world giving viewers a taste of his humor, vision and ingenuity.

IMG_4123He adds: “I’m always trying to see what is happening around me and in the rest of the world. I’m always reading and paying attention to the global issues that are causing controversy between people, corruption, and politics.”
Not afraid to challenge the status quo, the Sao Paolo-native recently came under the spotlight for his anti-World Cup art featuring one of his iconic Blue Indians flushing money down a toilet basin.
Speaking about the tribes that he paints, Cranio said: “The characters are not being colonised, they are absorbing the occidental culture and that is why they are blue. They all got sick with this life far away from theIMG_4130 forests, going to the big cities, trying to sell their land in exchange of the consumerism only to buy superfluous gadgets like an iPhone, sneakers etc. IMG_4132
“But usually I show the other indigenous people that still believe in their tradition trying to make magic and spells so they can comeback to their past living alone and calm in their forests.”
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Huria Choudhari is a journalist, fashion stylist and creative warrior. She writes about music, fashion and lifestyle for Life & Soul Magazine: Having carved her journalism career in news and current affairs, Huria is a truth seeker and loves delving into the bigger picture. She brings forward her power and magic to write about whatever her soul needs the world to be aware of.

Mateus Bailon

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Sep 262014

The magical street art of Mateus Bailon

Mateus BailonMateus Bailon is part of a new wave of street artists from Brazil taking on London, bringing their energy, vigour, creative magic and color palette to the city’s streets. For those fortunate to mateus bailon1have seen some of Bailon’s work in east London’s Shoreditch, north London’s Stoke Newington and south London’s Sydenham, would have been treated to a unique visual display of the natural world, most notably birds and fish – something that street art enthusiasts have not seen before in the London street art scene.

Inspired by myths, worldly folklore and the complex simplicity of the human mind, Bailon’s works exploremateus bailon14 narratives that seek to recall the connection between the human being and nature, and attempt to understand the mystery of people’s personal universes. By making use of opposites like the organic and geometric, the physical and metaphysical, as well as using different techniques on a variety of surfaces, Bailon creates his own original visual language in detailed and yet expressive drawings and paintings.

mateus bailon3A favorite of the Shoreditch Art Wall, Bailon’s work, Big Love, was showcased last year, and a recent collaboration with fellow São Paulo native and friend, Sliks, saw the pair turn the four-panelled wall into their Mateus Bailoncombined artistic beauty with a painting of birds and feathers.

Mateus Bailon, who cites nature as a huge influence, says he was “born an artist”. His abilities are innate, not just something he fell into. “You can’t just decide to be an artist,” he adds. Through his art, Bailon sets out to enthrall a sense of freedom and happiness in viewers.

mateus bailon10Believing that everything we think is as real as everything we can touch, Bailon seeks to give life to imagination using his drawing and painting skills.

By mixing famous characters from different civilisations and some others influenced by his surroundings, Bailon shows to the “real world” an amazing universe of imagination.

Born in Itajai, a small city south of Brazil, growing up by the sea and being surrounded by nature has obviously had a huge impact on his art.mateus bailon5

Bailon explains: “I wanted to build this balance between human beings and nature, because nowadays it seems that we are something apart but we are not, we are all animals so I’m bringing nature into the city.”

mateus bailon11In addition to street art, the artist has incorporated other influences including street artists and comics into his works.

Besides displaying his artwork on London walls, Bailon has also been involved in a range of exciting projects around the world, creating stunning new pieces on walls, canvases and objects alongside artists like Miss Van, Will Barras, She One and Max Ripo.

Bailon also created an exclusive illustration for the latest EJAF (Elton John AIDS Foundation) campaign. Bailon’s art has been showcased in many cities like Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Paris and London with group shows at the Insider Gallery and Curious Duke Gallery.mateus bailon8

Huria Choudhari aka Stylescribez is a journalist, stylist and creative warrior championing dynamic beatmakers, designers, artists, alchemists and pioneers. Check out her scribez at Life & Soul Magazine:

Susan Schroder – mythical & magical art

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Jul 312014

Susan Schroder

Susan Schroder is a California based and happily married mother and artist, photographer & writer that mixes and matches different means of expression, techniques, mediums and realms of realities to create her own unique and to the eye very appealing and enticing works that “ truly blur the lines of fantasy and reality” as she herself points out. 

Susan Schroder defines herself an “other worldly traveler”, has always been drawn to the mythical & magical ever since she was a child and she has studied both fine art and photography at Arizona State University. 

Mixing different techniques and mediums means that she is just as comfortable with the traditional pen, paper, paint and canvas as she is with using a computer with different programs and being a photographer she sometimes stages her own photo shoots with everything that goes with it, hair, make up, costume, to create her imagery. 

The motives are most often fairies, mermaids, forest & fantasy creatures, the settings a vibrant very much alive nature which seems to play a huge part in everything she does. The colors are brilliant, deep and rich and a true joy to the eye. 

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As for her writing, Circle the Sun is a series of four fantasy-adventure books, the story of a journey around the world and through the four seasons, both written and illustrated bySusan Schroder, and of which the first will be released now, in August of 2014. 

Most of Susan Schroder’s artwork, as well as the books, are available from her website, where you also will find links to her Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

I highly recommend going there to take a look at more of her works and to make sure to follow her and her work into the future.


All images in this article is © Susan Schroder


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Casha is a European born mystic, writer, fine artist & numerologist. For more information and contact, please visit

Susan Seddon Boulet – goddess and mythic art

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Jun 112014

 The art of  Susan Seddon-Boulet  Susan Seddon-Boulet

Susan Seddon Boulet (1941-1997) was born to British parents and raised on a farm in Brazil.Her mother died after having gifted the family with a son, Susan’s brother, when Susan was only two.

 Susan Seddon-Boulet Susan Seddon Boulet begun drawing early on as a young girl, inspired by the animals around her and by the folk tales and stories she was told. Later she was sent to Switzerland for High School where she also got serious about her painting and begun her art training. After school she came back to Brazil and then in the late sixties she moved to the US where she met and married her husband, gave birth to a son and lived with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area until her passing in 1997.

First supported and encouraged by her father to pursue her art and later by her husband – who took care of the aspects of and around her career, as well as all the practical work Susan Seddon-Boulet and details around her art save the actual painting itself, until he died in 1980 – it seems that Susan was throughout her life fortunately able to focus on developing and honing her talent and skills – something we can be thankful for looking at the exquisite and great body of work she produced.

Susan Seddon Boulet had formal training but she also did a lot of experimentation on her own, and as the case most often is when someone is daring and dedicated on top of having real talent, she found new creative ways with her art through mistakes and accidents and created a look to her imagery very much her own.

Most of her art makes use of different mediums and techniques, oil and dry pastels, pencil and ink, and she worked the best when she had several pieces going at the same time, in that way she felt that she had the distance to each painting that she needed in order to fully see them.

 Susan Seddon-Boulet All of her life she was deeply drawn to the mystical and mythical. As a young girl she first contemplated becoming a nun and she felt herself having a strong inner connection to goddesses and painted them throughout her life – to her it was a way of discovering different aspects of herself.

From my reading about her I understand Susan Seddon Boulet is considered one of the founders of the visionary art movement in the United States and I highly recommend checking her out beyond this brief article. Anyone interested in the mystical and mythical – or simply in that which is beautiful – will be intrigued by and appreciative of her work.

All images in this article are copyright © Eric Boulet.

Facts for this article are taken mainly from the book “The Goddess Paintings” – a large size book with 59 of her goddess paintings and text by Michael Babcock which is still in print and available.

For a more extensive bio and limited prints of her artwork, please visit

For book & calendars, please see

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Carol Phillips – Fantasy Art

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Apr 282014

carol phillips

Born in Hawaii, raised and still residing in Oregon on the North East coast of the US, Carol Phillips is a mainly self-taught freelance artist, illustrator and conceptual and graphic designer with a passion for fantasy, drawn to the natural world and adventure – something that growing up near a riverside forest most certainly has played a part in.

carol phillipsShe prefers oil and softpastel, but is allround and works both with other traditional mediums like watercolor, gouache, acrylic, pen, ink, graphites/charcoal as well as modern techniques and media creating digital art with computer programmes like Photoshop, Painter and Illustrator.

Along with her illustration works for cd’s, magazines, conceptual design and Role Playing Games and more, she has also illustrated and created the covers of several carol phillipsbooks, fantasy novels by Jeffrey Getzin, Ren Garcia and Robert Redinger to mention some. She has also been granted several awards, by NCAG (North Clackama’s Art Guild) and OryCon (Portland Oregon’s Sci-fi Fantasy convention) both in category and People’s Choice.

Carol Phillips is a skilled artist, mastering the mediums she uses. I do enjoy her art overall, it’s harmonious to the eye and I like her way with colors, but I am especially attracted to some paintings from what she calles a Vintage Mermaid Series (I hope there will be more to come) and I found an image with a little imp very amusing.

Her artwork is available in a variety of ways. Apart from the originals you can find prints of images on paper in different sizes, postcards, stickers, mugs, t-shirts and in large scales on tiles – and more.

Carol does work on commision and auctions her art on e-bay, sometimes you can find an original painting there. Apart from selling from her own website, she also has her own shop on Etsy and can be found on other places too.

Please check out the links below for further info and for more of her beautiful work.Carol Phillips

At her website you can also download free desktop images.

All images in this article © Carol Phillips

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Jesse Michael Newman: The Rebirth of Gaea

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Jesse Michael Newman Visual effects artist

Jesse michael newmanAccording to his website, Jesse Michael Newman is a visual effects artist now based in New York with a long list of accomplishments. Once a graduate magna Jesse Michael Newmancum laude with a BFA in Design from the University of Notre Dame he then moved around the US while he at the same time managed to established himself as a premier in his chosen field – he has been listed as one of Top 50 Emerging Artists by Art Business News.

I had never heard his name before, as is often the case when people work behind the scenes, regardless of how very talented they may be, but I had, of course, seen his work without knowing it: among other things he has worked on many feature films that has either been nominated or shortlisted for Academy Awards, one of them being Armageddon, and on projects that has been officially selected to the Cannes and Los Angeles Film Festivals and Sundance Film Festivals.

He has also, besides working for networks like HBO and doing commercials for brands like Verizon, Dodge and Gilette to name a few, been collaborating with musicians such as Jessee Michael NewmanBritney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Jay-Z and and some of his projects are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Whitney Museum of American Art – both in New York.



Besides assignments he also pursues his personal projects. ”The Rebirth of Gaea”  is an ”epic visual tapestry delicately interweaving reflections on spirituality and the human experience” – which started out as a tribute to his daughter Emma. A ”visual love letter” that grew out of his support for her interest in Greek mythology and the envirenoment and took him almost a decade to finish. Newman became a father at an early age and his children are often both the inspiration and subjects of his works as they are also his first priority in life.



Jesse Michael Newman is extraordinary innovative and imaginative besides being extremely skilled and proficient. The technique he uses involves a synthesis of painting, photography and computer generated imagery and is both revolutionary and groundbreaking, pushing the boundaries for what is possible and done before. So much that Adobe has approached him wanting to learn from him.


See the video ”Flowing Meditation” to get a glimpse of the work process.



You can’t be but fascinated and intrigued by Jesse Michael Newman’s works. He himself states that his aim is to ”create art that is future-proof in both craftmanship and aesthetic timelessness – artwork that is intrinsically beautiful and yet layered with meaning” – and at that he must be one of the absolute best the planet can offer.AWE


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