Art of Anna O. Dixon

Anna O. is a Visual Artist and Fine Art Graduate of The Centre for Creative Arts and Media @ GMIT, Galway. #artannao

Medium: Painting and Mixed Media

Artist Statement 

“ I have always been deeply fascinated by the paradox between the complexity and simplicity within both the Metaphysical Philosophies and Visual Arts. It is my belief that we all possess an innate knowledge of an inner healing system which needs to be consciously reawakened, in order to become functional. This knowledge may be likened to one’s own interpretation or understanding of a natural intuition which is governed by quantum / spiritual law. With our ever deteriorating social decline in mental and emotional health, society could greatly benefit by respectfully observing these self-intuitive and natural laws. 

The visual aspect of my work is a platform for thinking and feeling into the timelessness of Nature, connecting to the Ancestors, and, unearthing this intuitive, inherent memory. My intention is to incorporate studies from many indigenous healing philosophies, plant and animal life with cultural power symbols. I use mixed media applications with traditional painting techniques, subtle colour and texture, worked onto low-relief surfaces. I like the process and the result to be a reflective and somewhat tangible experience. My works are primarily based on visual interpretations of a personal and philosophical nature. However, I am also simultaneously concerned with creating a loose reflection on the therapeutic aspect involved in the making of an art piece itself. The therapeutic value lies in the creative act itself, in which the Artist consciously agrees to involve themselves in non-verbal and active intuition. The engagement of this potential allows a momentary emergence of the essential NOW, into visible existence. My Musings are… that this exploitation of potential creates an actual dual illusion. The paradox is … the Seer chooses to see either, the reflection or the density of light itself. ”

“The series of paintings ‘ Mahí ’ which I began in 2016 is inspired by the attributes of ancient symbolism which lies hidden in the stillness of nature. My mothers Saami bloodline, the indigenous people of Lapland (from the Northern Swedish area), speak to me in a non-verbal, visual language. My fathers’ bloodline, the Celtic Warriors, call me to sit in quiet stillness, here in the rugged, windy, west of Ireland. Connection to ‘Mahí’ or Mother Divine is the intended focus, process, and outcome, of my broader studies and work combined.” 

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BIO: Anna O. Dixon April 2019 

Anna works privately from her office and studio at Ahena Organic Farm near Claremorris, Co. Mayo. 

  • Professional member of Visual Artists Ireland, VAI. Fine Art Graduate of CCAM, GMIT, Galway.
  • Fully registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland. Works in adult education, part-time, with Mayo Educational Training Board, MSLETB. Subjects: Art and Meditation /Mindfulness.
  • Anna is also a Meditation/Mindfulness/Art Teacher, an Author and Acupuncturist.
  • Dedicated to life long learning, Anna has been steadily pursuing a distance-learning, post-graduate Doctorate /PhD programme in Natural and Integrative Medicine with The International Quantum University of Integrative Medicine (IQUIM) since 2016. She hopes to have completed her dissertation and graduate by the end of 2020.

Anna has recently self-published her first book: ‘Mindfulness in the Raja Sutras’, A simple guide to understanding the mind during meditation practice. It is available to order on Amazon in printed form, and very soon on kindle. She has taken the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and applied the view-point of a mindfulness instructor and westerner in her interpretations. Anna has admired and studied these essential yoga philosophies for over forty years. The book is aptly illustrated with her own visual work throughout. Also included, are some breath-taking colourful photographs which capture the essence of the many pilgrimages she ventured into the Himalayas of Northern India.

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Mixed Media on Canvas Board, 10cm X 10cm.
Mixed Media on Canvas Board, 13cmx18cm.
‘Darlarna, Sweden’, 16″x12″ Graphite on Paper.
‘Ahadoe Heights, Killarney’, 16″x12″ Watercolour.

“The making of any piece of Art is a deeply personal and mediative process, especially when one allows uninhibited attention to expand into the awakening consciousness. This is how we come to know our own Truth. (Anna O.)“.

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