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The Transformative Power of Art: Opening the Door to a Better Life

Teresa Oaxaca in the studio with one of her cake and shark paintings
Teresa Oaxaca in the studio with one of her cake and shark paintings (work in progress). In this piece I aim to find out how many cakes could fit on a shark's head. Can you spot the little yellow hummingbird fleeing the scene?

Inspired by the enchanting beauty of nature, my art captures the essence of vibrant animals in all their glory. From the majestic gold bird with its iridescent feathers to the mystical unicorn roaming through enchanted forests, these creatures dance across the canvas in a symphony of bright colors. Medieval and Baroque influences infuse every stroke, evoking a sense of grandeur and mystery as if each painting were plucked from a forgotten tapestry.

But my art is more than mere aesthetics; it is a gateway to other worlds. Like a time traveler, I weave elements of different eras into my art, merging the past with the present and the future. The whispers of ancient tales and myths echo through my brush, blending with modern influences to create a captivating fusion of time and space.

From flowing gowns adorned with intricate patterns to elaborate headpieces reminiscent of bygone eras, my characters are adorned with garments that tell their own stories. Each brushstroke pays homage to the history of fashion, becoming not just a form of adornment but a symbol of identity and expression.

Through my art, I find inspiration and meaning. Each stroke is a reflection of an inner world, a portal into the soul. In the depths of the canvas, I uncover the whispers of forgotten tales that invite us to join in on a journey of wonder and discovery.

So step into my world, where nature dances with fantasy, where time bends and weaves, and where beauty takes on a whole new dimension. Let my oil paintings transport you to a place where dreams become reality and where mysticism and art intertwine in ways that ignite the imagination. Experience the magic. Feel the enchantment. And let my work inspire your own journey through the realms of your imagination.

Teresa Oaxaca's paintings in her Virginia based studio
Teresa Oaxaca's Art Studio

The Transformative Power of Art! Art has a unique ability to transport us to other realms, ignite our emotions, and enrich our lives in profound ways. From captivating paintings to thought-provoking sculptures, the diverse forms of artistic expression can enhance our well-being and make life truly remarkable. As the renowned Persian poet Rumi once asked, "Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?" Indeed, there is no better tool to break free from the monotony of everyday life and unlock a rich new world of untold possibilities than through art.

"What you seek is seeking you." -Rumi

Teresa Oaxaca in the forest with one of her artworks.
Teresa Oaxaca in the forest with one of her artworks. Private Collection

"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."- Rumi

Art provides us with a valuable channel for self-expression, enabling us to communicate aspects of our identity that may be hidden or difficult to convey in words alone. Whether we are the creator or the observer, art encourages introspection and invites us to explore our emotions, thoughts, and experiences. Through artistic endeavors, we can find solace, unleash our desires, and forge an authentic connection with ourselves, leading to enhanced mental well-being.

The Blue Dress, oil on linen by Teresa Oaxaca. Seen in situ in her studio, with dolls.
The Blue Dress, oil on linen by Teresa Oaxaca. Seen in situ in her studio, with dolls

Encouraging mindfulness and stress relief: Creating or engaging with art often requires entering a state of mindfulness, where the worries and stresses of daily life fade into the background. Whether it's painting, drawing, sculpting, or any other form of artistic expression, art can act as a meditative practice that allows us to live in the present moment. This focused immersion in our creative endeavors can alleviate stress, promote relaxation, and bring a sense of calm to our otherwise hectic lives.

"Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?"- Rumi

Artwork by Teresa Oaxaca
Can you hear the stillness?

Expanding the imagination and fostering innovation:

"You wander from room to room, hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck."- Rumi

Art has the ability to ignite our imaginations, pushing the boundaries of what we perceive as possible. By depicting vast landscapes, fantastical creatures, or unconventional perspectives, artists tap into the realms of reverie and inspire us to dream beyond the constraints of reality. This imaginative stimulation can then extend into our own lives, facilitating creative problem-solving and opening us up to innovative ideas, both personally and professionally.

Teresa Oaxaca with her painting, Lazarus
Teresa Oaxaca with her painting, Lazarus

.Finding solace in emotional healing and empathy:

Art has long been acknowledged as a means of healing, both for the creator and the audience. Through the creation of art, individuals often find a cathartic release for emotional pain, overcoming trauma, and achieving personal growth. As viewers, art can evoke an emotional response, exposing us to different perspectives and cultivating empathy towards others. The connection and understanding we gain from art can ultimately help us navigate our own challenges and build stronger relationships within our communities.

"The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear."- Rumi

The Feast Of The Gods by Teresa Oaxaca, Oil on Linen  44x65”  2023  $35,000
The Feast Of The Gods by Teresa Oaxaca, Oil on Linen 44x65” 2023 $35,000

Art has the remarkable ability to enhance our lives, offering an escape from the ordinary and providing a gateway to new realms of beauty and inspiration. By fostering self-expression, promoting mindfulness, nurturing imagination, and facilitating healing, art becomes a powerful tool for personal growth and collective empowerment. Let us not confine ourselves to the prison of routine when the door to a more vibrant and fulfilling life through art stands wide open. Embrace this boundless world of creativity and unlock the door to a richer, more meaningful existence.

"Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor."- Rumi


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