investigating the mind through art

Hildy Maze is an artist who sees her practice as an exploration of the workings of the mind. We welcome her, with her contribution of images and reflections on her practice, to the artisans’ gallery.


The Awakened Eye: Hildy Maze - Cutting Through


[The paper]… Touched in any way there’s a response; a fingerprint, wrinkle, rip, drip or tear, which then becomes texture and language, traces of process and practice as echoes or footprints challenging our conditioned response to things worn, torn, old, wrinkled or ripped as good or bad, acceptable or not acceptable; challenging our dualistic way of seeing the world.


The Awakened Eye: Hildy Maze - Rumblings of Nostalgia


My work is driven by a curiosity into the investigation of mind thru art. None of us can avoid thoughts, but through awareness of our pitfalls, beauty, strengths and weaknesses we can open windows into the mind. The core of my contemplative art practice is to visually embody the blind spots as a result of our thoughts. I am interested in the study of how the mind works as a means of gaining insight, how we communicate, how we create identity through form, emotions and consciousness, and how we hide in that creation. Essentially this work is about all of us and the empty, clear and unconditional nature of mind we all have.  When we know the nature of our mind we will know the nature of our world.

– Hildy Maze

Images and text ©copyright Hildy Maze

To read more, and view other examples of Hildy’s work,
please visit her page at the artisans’ gallery


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dharma art – the art of living artfully

From the bookshelf:

Chögyam Trungpa: True Perception - The Path of Dharma Art

True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art


the courage to move into the unknown

New at the artisans’ galleryCarole Leslie


Carole Leslie: Where the Wild Things Live

Where the Wild Things Live
acrylic on matte board  3.75″ x 4.5″


Making art part of my spiritual practice offers me the opportunity to see how I work with frustration, how I work with fear, what brings me joy and equanimity, how each brush stroke is really about having the courage to move into the unknown, to not be attached to outcomes.

The exploration of what comes out from the inside and presents itself on canvas is nothing, if not a primer in getting to know this self and by extension all the other selves I meet in my daily travels.

– Carole Leslie

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carole leslie at the artisans’ gallery

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a vessel for spaciousness

New at the artisans’ galleryJanine Brown

Janine Brown:  Hiranya

Janine Brown:  Hiranya
painted acrylic collage on paper
22″ x 30″


In Buddhist philosophy the word “gate” refers to an entry point into a deeper experience of reality. This entry point, or gate, can be anywhere or anytime, but an obvious example would be the practice of meditation.

In one form of meditation, a person sits still and observes one’s inhalation and exhalation as a swinging door between our ordinary perception and another, more open, experience of reality. Since the person is just sitting there, they have not gone anywhere or through any gate, thus it is a gateless gate.

I am thinking of these paintings as a gateless gate.

I experience the process of painting as an entry into a more expansive reality.

My intention is to create images that are a vessel for spaciousness.

– Janine Brown

janine brown at the artisans’ gallery