On a recent trip, we were drawn into the Colors of Paradise Gallery on the Big Island of Hawaii because of the vibrant and soulful beauty of the paintings in the window. Captivated by the sea animals and surrounding underwater life in the paintings, we wanted to connect with the artist behind these radiant paintings that embody respect, passion, and love for all of nature, but especially the ocean and her sacred and majestic inhabitants. Ernest Young, and his wife, Liz, took some time to meet … [Read more...]
Art & Photography
Along our journey, we met wonderful artists and photographers, and post their stories and/or work here. Meeting them, interacting with their work and their joy has inspired us to keep on going. We hope they inspire you as well.
Please share the pictures that evoke your passions and gifts. What pictures inspire you? What pictures connect deeply within your heart? A picture could be your own or could be one that speaks to you. Send your uplifting pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Live For welcomes Jameson, a life long artist, who has traveled the country painting beautiful murals, but is now traveling the Hawaiian Islands in his newly furbished mobile art studio and gallery, the Aloha Art Truck. Jameson's office is wherever he parks his truck, and then opens the side doors to view his inspiration, the sacred waters and sea life of Hawaii. While the Aloha Art Truck serves as Jameson's studio wherever he goes, he also has his paintings on display, so it is his mobile … [Read more...]
Dolphin Dave is all about LOVE. He radiates love. He paints love. He is love. And joy, joy, joy. Helping to heal the earth through his paintings and murals is Dave's purpose and mission. His energy is infectious and his joy is radiant. In this interview, Dave is speaking directly to YOU! Enjoy. We met Dolphin Dave leaving The Coffee Shack on the Big Island (Hawaii). He was working on a dolphin mural, which is full of light, hope, community, and joy. A quick connection morphed into this … [Read more...]
Dale Zarrella's father died when Dale was very young, so it was a fatherly figure and mentor who introduced Dale to wooden stock cars. From that first wooden car, Dale's connection with and creative passion for wood sculptures, and then bronze sculptures, and, finally, brilliant paintings have evolved into sacred, majestic, love infused, and heart felt pieces of art that are adorned, respected, and displayed around the globe. Dale's work has been commissioned by local and state museums, … [Read more...]
As a child, Michael Boardman's absolute favorite activity was traveling from his home in Connecticut to the Bronx Zoo in New York City. Absolutely captivated by the gorillas and other animals, Michael would return home to draw these animals. His animal and nature drawings have been a passion his entire life, and now Michael inspires others through his majestic watercolors, his teaching at workshops and artist residencies around the country, and the creation of uniquely amazing t-shirts. In … [Read more...]
Joaquin Anico has a smile that is to live for! Wow, does he radiate joy, love and positive vibes! Joaquin is also a photographer who wears a hat with the word 'SMILE' beautifully styled and written on it so that his subjects will smile for the picture. Shortly after designing his hat, friends and family members were asking for their own SMILE hat because of the positive vibe radiating from the hat. Joaquin realized he could help spread positive vibes across his community by marketing his hats … [Read more...]
Natalie knew at a a very young age that she wanted to become an artist. What and who is emerging is amazing art and a voice that makes us think about our environment, about mass marketing, and about our food. Through her art, Natalie is challenging us to look at all the fancy packaging of food, and how the pretty labels help us believe we are eating food that is okay for us. Natalie wonders out loud why we are not eating food as it meant to be eaten--out of the ground or off the plant, au … [Read more...]
Debbie Casterlin is a Maine artist who is known for her detailed acrylic paintings. She is also interested in photography and other mixed media projects. To meet Debbie is an amazing experience, as her enthusiasm for life and art is so expansive and uplifting. Debbie absolutely exudes positive vibes in her work as a physical therapist (Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy), artist, mom, wife, friend, and soul seeker. She embodies the essence of the 'to live for' community. She lives with her … [Read more...]
Anne Knoll's soulful animal and nature photography connects deeply with the viewer, especially when you consider the fact that most of the pictures were taken by Anne when she was 15 and 16 years old. Anne has always had a passion for animals and nature, while her gifts with the camera only emerged a few years ago. Anne's animal and nature photography speaks to the sacred relationship between her and nature and animals, but also speaks to the relationship between animals and nature. Anne has … [Read more...]