My journey with visionary art began 10 years ago when I had what I would call a mystical experience; which awakened me to something completely unknown at the time. The experience was the most blissful, most peaceful and most enlightening of my life up to that time. To say that I was activated or turned on is the best way to explain what happened to me, as within 2 weeks of the experience, I was creating the early pieces that you can see on my “Early Works” page. In my early time as an artist, I explored new techniques and methods and literally spent hours every day creating new pieces and playing with colours, images and fun ideas. It wasn’t long after that my own spiritual journey started taking me into deep explorations with meditation, shamanic journeying and deep connections with the mystical; with nature and with music. I have tried my best to show what it is that I have seen with my own eyes. What I have felt with my heart. I started to incorporate symbols and symbolism; gods and goddesses as I was introduced to them through my journeys. I am heavily influenced by such great artists as Alex Grey, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Mugwort and Android Jones. Many of their pieces and concepts have inspired my own.
The process of creating these pieces can often times be quite magical. I will put on some of my favorite music and have a few glasses of wine or a few beer as I work. It is then that I’m taken over by the art and will often not see the picture being created until I zoom out of the fine details and see a mosaic of colour and imagery coming together. Some would call this expression of art the muse; and I guess it’s the best way to explain what takes over me during the process. I show up and she speaks through me. I don't go in with the intention of creating a specific piece, but rather "play" until the piece comes together. I know it's complete when it tells me so.
In 2013, life took me to Hawaii, Bali and finally India where I was lucky to meet my guru. I felt as if I knew I would meet him/her when I left for my 3 month journey and just one week into being in India, I walked through his door and sat face to face with him. Meeting him was a truly magical and mind-blowing experience. Through him, I discovered what it means to discover love with no limits. Being in his presence took me out of my body, out of my head completely and I felt such peace, such beauty. I spent 21 days studying with him and his school of reiki teachers, learning about reiki, yoga, breathwork, meditation, stillness, awareness and selflessness. I completed my program and was then asked to stay with the school and teach with them. I stayed on for an additional month and a half and helped with classes, helped to organize food and water for villages suffering during the annual drought, but also performed reiki from morning to night on some days, helping people with depressions, cancer, terminal illness, broken bones, etc. It was such amazing work. Since my return, I have tried to integrate all I have learned and translate it into my art, my relationships, my daily practice, my life. I returned to India in late 2015 and brought my fiancee (now wife) with me to meet my teacher(s). I had the opportunity to dive deeper into the reiki. Since my return, I have been teaching reiki full-time.
I continue to learn, expand my consciousness and unravel the threads of this incredible existence. I have delved deep into myth, symbolism and archetypal expressions of ourselves.
My art has been featured at a number of electronic music festivals throughout Alberta and BC, such as Shambhala, Astral Harvest, Motion Notion and Inshala. I’ve also showcased my art at a number of gallery shows, along the streets in the city of Calgary, been featured in numerous magazines, on cd cover art, a book cover, at a number of yoga studios, in a number of private collections, on posters and print art. My hopes are to bring my artistic expression into the 3-d realm this year. I am currently working with various makers and am excited to see what the projects will bring.
My mission is to share my own experiences, to help heal people with reiki, to awaken those around me to the magic of life, to the divine and to our deepest and most true selves. I have explored the maps of our consciousness; found countless teachers and teachings and wish to continue that work through my art and my reiki. I hope you enjoy my site. That you visit often and that you share your own experiences.
With much love and light, Vincent