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To me making art is both meditation and exploration. It literally means spilling my mind out on the surface that I create on and to large degree the results are often surprising. I start all of my art with some notion. This may be a very abstract notion, like being drawn to a particular color or colors or forms, or a more specific inspiration triggered by any number of stimuli and observations. But mainly I draw and paint from my mind and rarely use direct external objects or models that I try to capture. The Joy of Design Mandala Series Puzzles take my work to a different level where I use the scans of my handpainted works in The Joy of Design series as building blocks with which I create more art and digital computer software programs make this process possible in a most effective way. In reality I am very much into the micro and macro of things because things can look very different in close proximity and in far distance. I play with these concepts when I use the scans of my handpainted works or drawings to compile images that may contain several, even tens or hundreds of scans. To make things more concrete and give you a perspective of measure, The Joy of Design Mandala Series Puzzles are created with 64 scans each. The works derived from The Joy of Design Mandala Series Puzzles contain much more than this. In the case of TJOD Mandala Series Puzzle 7 Arrangement 3 Multiplied you are looking at an image created with a total of 256 scans. There are works that have more scans than this in them and every increment will change the perspective. Symbolically this is all about widening my own perspectives and seeing differently. And I have to say that it is amazing what can show up when images are combined and united. But it is even more amazing what can happen when people unite for a good cause and call for change. After all, whether we acknowledge it or not, every one of us is part of a much bigger and more beautiful picture than we could ever imagine!