Many years ago, in the lot of a Grateful Dead concert, a young man told me he wanted to live in the scene on the canvas before him. It was the most meaningful compliment I had received. Over the years I have heard echoes of the same theme and each time it speaks directly to why I create--- to create a place of rest, a visual vacation for one to rejuvenate and restore. I create a space of calmness and peace for the viewer.
My art borders the surreal and psychedelic, wrapped in the elements of nature and subtle fractals that underlie our everyday life. I find immense pleasure in nature. Water, trees, the night time sky really resonate with me. Quiet serenity and solitude will birth scenes from beyond that develop/translate to the canvas or screen with a measure of improvisation. I strive to bring a gentle kindness and grace into my work as these qualities are lacking in our hectic everyday life. This art is kind to my soul.
Joseph Campbell brought attention to the term aesthetic arrest, coined by James Joyce, as the moment when art (or other object) has such a profound impact that the viewer is moved to experience the creation on a deeply personal level. Essentially, a radiance so lovely, so beautiful, we are moved into stillness.
I believe these moments of aesthetic arrest are of a mental, emotional and spiritual significance that bring a shift in perspective.
Science is catching up. Picasso said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Many studies have shown measurable benefits from viewing art that resonates with the viewer. Neuroscientist Semir Zeki found that viewing art will trigger a surge of dopamine in the brain resulting in a more positive, love centered feeling for the viewer. With this in mind it makes sense that viewing art you like has been shown to reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
It is my sincere hope people will find a place of rest in my art. Even if only for a few seconds, I will know I have contributed to a kinder world.
What's the Word?
Una is a talented artist and a pleasure to work with. Her style is extremely distinctive and original, but at the same time familiar to anyone with an eye for a 1960's inspired psychedelic aesthetic. The work we commissioned from Una - a postcard for the Grateful Dead's 50th-anniversary concerts - was extremely well received and highly collectable. We look forward to working with her again.
~Andy Bernstein, HeadCount.org
I have had the pleasure of working with Una on a couple projects. She is a joy to work with - a very gifted artist with a great ability to turn my sketchy vision into a beautiful compelling piece of art. Furthermore, Una is a great collaborator, always on time and very easy to communicate with. Besides her talent and professionalism, Una is also a very kind, cool person.
~Adam Blumenthal, Curious Sense, Inc.
I had the pleasure of working with Una when she was at EastCoast Entertainment as well as after she moved and ECE utilized her design services on a project-by-project basis. She consistently delivers great design concepts and really listens to what the client’s needs are. She is timely, professional and highly dedicated to her work and art. I look forward to working with her on future projects.
~Kris Kaminski, EastCoast Entertainment
I was looking for an artist who would be able to create a poster for a charity concert event when I was introduced to Una by a mutual friend.
I shared with Una some details about the charity and asked her to create something that would incorporate a “classy psychedelic” motif and include the charity logo somehow in a “natural” manner without looking like it a sticker was pasted on top of a poster. Simply put, Una delivered EXACTLY what I was looking for. Her initial rough sketch looked great and when she followed up with her colorized version, it was truly spectacular. Her ability to create an original design based on our wants and needs in such a short period of time was outstanding. She was incredibly easy to work with and was timely in her deliverables to me.
I would highly recommend Una to anyone looking for a graphic artist and will certainly hire her again for future events.
~Steve Berger, Songs of Love, Benefit Organizer