Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz Welcomes:
Rachel Van Dessel
Rachel studied art, figure drawing and dance in NYC and then returned to California to create. Her work has been shown at Open Studios, The Mah, The Art League, and The Cabrillo Gallery. She paints with acrylic or mixed medium including acrylic paint, pencil, charcoal, oil pastels, fiber paste, and paper. Her painting primarily comes from the realm of being rather than cognition and the naming of things. It calls forth intuition. It cultivates spontaneous presence. The seer and the seen become interchangeable within the conscious participation in the moment of creation.
Breige Gormley Walbridge
Breige’s work reflects her love of the natural world and the joy found in the meditative stillness of painting. She is greatly inspired by Ireland, the California coast, landscape and the flowers abundant in the Santa Cruz area. As she becomes absorbed in the subject, the creative process brings her into a calm state in the present moment. Creating clarity and vividness of color is a great joy. She paints in various mediums, acrylics, oils, gouache and watercolor, and also paints sacred images from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Pema Tsultrim (Aaron Joseph)
Formerly an ordained monk, Pema now lives as an upasaka householder, public Waldorf school teacher, and father of four. His formal practice of Tibetan calligraphy started in 2006 with the blessing of renowned calligraphy master, Nyingma scholar and Dzogchen master Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche, and continues under the guidance and support of Venerable Tulku Orgyen P’huntsok Rinpoche, and Khenpo Karten Rinpoche. He continues to study the various scripts of Tibetan and to develop a unique artistic style, while remaining faithful to Vajrayana Buddhist and Tibetan calligraphic principles. He receives great joy from the knowledge that his paintings can serve as an inspiration and support for meditative practice; lend a special sense of beauty and reflection to a home, office, or public space; and raise awareness about the important cultural and spiritual contributions of Tibet.