ABOUT THE ARTIST, SUSHILA OLIPHANT
Sushila Oliphant is a passionate artist with a mission. Sushila's main purpose is to promote peace, joy and more positive ways of thinking and being in this chaotic world of ours with simple, yet profound, messages combined with her spiritual artwork. Sushila Oliphant draws her inspiration from inner traditions from her spiritual teachers. Her love of all things Eastern, Yoga and Native American inspired her to put her creative ideas on apparel, mainly because they will reach more people and they are truly vibrant and gorgeous. There is a message on the back of every shirt, so no matter where you may be, the person behind or next to you, someone will have something to think about which may be a completely new idea and uplift them somehow. One never knows...
Sushila spent several years in an ashram studying Vedantic Yoga philosophy under Swami Jyotirmayananda whose teachings changed her life and will be ever grateful to him for the experience. She helped illustrate his books, monthly magazine "The Yoga Guide" and designed the first website from 1996 - 2010. She learned the art of graphic design while working on his publications which became the foundation of her future work out in the world. Her artwork deepened and 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.
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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. Her Grandmother, Dorothy Chadeayne, was a professional artist and graduate from Pratt Art Institute, whose work was shown throughout New England and Florida. Sushila was further inspired by her travels to Canada, Arizona, Colorado, 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 photography and digital photography with 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 her graphic and web design company, Harmonic Designs and continues with her painting in between her design work.
Ms. Oliphant has won several awards for her work in various art shows in Maine, Colorado, Merida, Mexico and Florida. Her interest in indigenous cultures led her to the Institute of Maya Studies at the Museum of Science in Miami, where she served on the board for over six years, designed the monthly newsletter, event posters and other marketing materials.
Artist of Distinction Award
"Three of Sushila Oliphant's paintings were selected for this exhibition, and she was named an Artist of Distinction for her particularly wonderful and meaningful contributions. They are beautiful...colorful, vibrant, rich...the tones are deep, akin to those of a haunting cello or lyric basso profondo. These paintings speak to the grandeur and splendor of Nature, calling us to bow with respect and in worship. Oliphant so perfectly captures that aspect of Nature that makes it bigger and greater than all of us, though we are all contained within it. She captures the spiritual aspect of Nature, that part that feeds our souls, that part that Thoreau honored in his writings about Nature, that part of which we can never have enough." — Christine Brooks Cote / Still Point Art Gallery
Digital Arts Exhibit
Founder's Choice Award
"Oliphant's piece, Symbolism, is successful in its balance and harmony – inspiring a meditative and contemplative space that is truly Zen-like, reflecting the magic and mystery of life in this world and beyond."
~ C. Swing
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