Those who soften their hearts shall inherit the power of nature.
~ Caroline Casey’s interpretation of “The meek shall inherit the earth”
I believe in transcendence, in divine sparks and the luminosity of spirit. Painting to me is a reflection of beingness, of reaching up to hold the hand of love and joy, comfort or wildness, riding the waves of turmoil, chaos, awe, splendor, rage and surrender, as best I can on any given day. I began painting after a near-death experience, which somehow allowed me access to what feels like heightened awarenesses—of the veil between worlds, of portals, of the Living Light and spirits, of beings I call angels who don’t look like traditional angels. My art explores these awarenesses and the ether, my embrace of this world and others, being here and alive, in wonder and seeking. I feel art can shift our lives into greater alignment with who we truly are, making greater room not only for love and beauty but at once a true transcendence and embodiment. What I laughingly call my off-planet days are when I am most engaged in my studio, creating from a soft dreamy focus not untouched by melancholy.
My earliest inspirations were Dürer’s hare and Stubbs’ Whistlejacket, everything magical and sublime like my parents when they were young and we lived in Darband in Tehran and our simple apartment before that, Chopin and Clementi, the Caspian, later Rimbaud and Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Duras and Camille Claudel, beauty in all its shapes and forms, including of course those beautiful fairytale cartoons. Oh, and Jeanne d’Arc, Inspector Clouseau, Lombard and Monroe, Mr. Balanchine’s glorious dancers, Dodie Smith books, Chaplin’s Limelight, Saura’s Cria Cuervos, and Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes, forever.
My paintings are held in private collections in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. My work has been exhibited at the Barbara Anderson Gallery in Berkeley, Swallowtail in San Francisco, a solo show at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, the Open Gallerie Helmond in the Netherlands, and at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art as part of the Fashionistas Fight Back! group show. I feel happy and privileged to have studied with Mel Prest and Yee Jan Bao at CCA, and with Chris Zydel, in Oakland, CA. I adore animals (they frequently come through my paintings ~ tigers, panthers, lions, dogs, horses, donkeys), and a generous portion of all sales is donated to animal and humanitarian causes.
If you are interested in my work, I would love to hear from you. I do sell original works, offer reproductions, and am currently open to commissions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possibilities. (The contact form on this site gets a little glitchy.) With my background in intuitive training, I feel commissioned pieces can especially now make for interesting life additions, not unlike bespoke pieces of couture or talismans tailored for your growth and joy in our dramatically evolving world.
A gentle reminder that all my work is protected by copyright which remains mine even after the sale of a work.
With warmest thanks for your time and support.
Yours in Joy,