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Putting on the Ritz / 2011 / Terry Long

This blog documents the development of my online MA Digital Arts project at the Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London, from 2012 to 2014. I am a British freelance artist and photographer living in Southern California, and I am also a faculty member of the art department at the University of Redlands, California, where I have been teaching drawing, life drawing, digital photography, analog photography, art history, and art therapy. I graduated from Twickenham College of Art and Design, London in 1968, and was a photographer for Colour Library International, a photo stock agency in London. In 1973 I became co-director of my own photo stock agency and advertising studio until moving to the United States in 1986. My move to the US  has also taken me into the area of art education and art therapy. From 2001 till 2010 I was involved with the “Arts in Mental Health” program at the Patton State Hospital, California. My chosen MA digital art course project “Mandalas of Light” was partly influenced by my work with mandalas in art therapy, and also by a visit to the University of Redlands by Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Monastery in April of 2011, when they produced a mandala in sand that celebrated “Universal Kindness.”

Buddhist monks from Drepung Monastery.

The aim in creating my mandalas and related artworks with the medium of light is to produce  images for meditation. It is my hope that they will bring a sense of balance , harmony, and inner well being to the viewer.

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