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O'ceallaigh, Seamus

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Cian of the Snow
Water Color, Drawing




I set out in life to become a writer, and for this reason I specialized in Creative Writing for my BA and studied literature for my MA.I have published several short stories, poems, and a novella and I have completed two novels and currently work on a third.� I started writing my first novel at the age of 13 and from the beginning I�illustrated my own work. I have noticed since then that my graphic illustration has not only been more popular with people, but that it has become extremely valuable to me in helping me structure some of my more complex novels. I have grown very interested in book art, in the idea of organizing pages around images. In pursuit of this interest I was a commercial artist for several years (mainly providing design art for advertisers and comic art for editorials)�before going to college. While pursuing my undergraduate I�took so many studio art classes that I�think I�may have been able to minor in Fine Arts if I�had attempted to legitimize myself in such a way. Instead, I�discovered a much more profitable way to continue to study art. I�became a model for drawing and sculpture classes. Even when I was relentless focused by my formal graduate education upon literature, I was able to continue my studies (and also buy groceries) by posing for life art.� You might be amazed to realize just how much the model can learn while posing. I was able to very carefully listen to a wide range of letures (what else are you going to do?) without the distraction that many students feel in trying to perform on the canvas. I also understood with my whole body exactly what lecturers were trying to explain about gravity, stress, balance, tension, relaxed muscles, etc. After posing for many lectures, I�rushed home to draw my own pose from memory using the concepts I had heard about and felt vividly in my bones.� I modelled for decades, it turns out, in places as diverse as Canada, Ireland, and New York City, and because of this focus on the human body, the human form is of paramount interest and importance to my art.

A second very important influence must be mentioned. An uncle of mine who had gained a Ph.D. in Art History (dissertation on Mark Tobey)�lived for six years in the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains. During that time, he became a sort of culture and arts minister to the King. His job was to travel to all the monasteries of that remote country and catalogue the endemic Buddhist art. Later, I lived with him for a while in California helping him organize his notes and edit some his documents. He had collected an amazing library of reproductions of mythic art from Nepal and Bhutan. I fell enraptured in how these artists merged a vivid human figure with brilliant elements of design, all of this organized in a literary fashion around the Buddhist pantheon and cosomology.� For a decade now, I have been working what I�call "The Seven Sisters Meditation Cards" in which I�have been striving to find my own merging of human form with spiritual design. The major of my work relates to this project.

I have never set out to be an artist, and all my "professional"�achievements have been in the realm of literature. However, I have been drawn into being an artist (no pun intended) by people's immediate response to my work. My work has been especially popular with spiritualists and alternative healers working in Europe. I remain more interested in creating book art and illustration, but for the most part my work has been used in websites. Over the past three decades I have left a spurious trail of forgot oil paintings in private collections from Virginia to New Brunswick. I hope to return to oil paiting again in the future.


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