Our guest artist for this July 2020 letter was born and raised in Scotland but has traveled extensively and lived in several countries. For some years now she has made her home in beautiful Cable Bay at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Shaune Lisa Hattrick trained in Fine Arts at Sydney Polytechnic (Australia) but is largely self taught.
This striking image is one of my favourites from Shaune’s collection. It depicts a young Maori woman, her head haloed with traditional designs of her people. For those of you in other parts of the world who may not know, the Maori are a Polynesian people who, navigating by stars and tides, voyaged across the Pacific, settling in New Zealand around 1200 – 1300 AD.
Shaune’s background is in the Healing Arts, working in Transpersonal Therapy and also as a practising Astrologer. Her art is inspired by the Feminine, Dreams & Visions, People from different cultures and the Mystical experience.
Shaune Lisa’s painting of the Polynesian woman shown here and called “Aroha” was reproduced on a flag and flown in Nelson City as part of a special art project by Nelson City Council.
“Aroha” is the Maori word that roughly translates as “love” in English. You’ll note the similarity with the Hawaian “Aloha”. The Maori language has no ‘L’ and Hawaian has no ‘R’.
Shaune works in several different mediums but mixed media is her favourite. “Painting permits and encourages me to delve into my imagination,” she says. “I love to experiment. My process is in big part experimental and spontaneously unfolds as I go along, so not knowing where I am going with a painting is what I find magical and exciting.”
Not surprisingly, I especially love Shaune’s recent depictions of Deva.
For those of you not familiar with the word, ‘Deva’ is from the Ancient Sanskrit language of India, It means “Being of Light” and can be singular or plural (like our English word ‘sheep’). Check out my pages on Deva HERE on my website to learn more about this kingdom and my new Findhorn Press book, DEVA—Our Relationship with the Subtle World.
DEVA AT WORK
For me, Shaune’s paintings beautifully capture the sense of movement and elusiveness of deva.
Shaune Lisa Hattrick does not currently have a website but you can contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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