Art was almost always a part of Esther Tanahashi’s life. She grew up observing her mother working on fabric art and drawing. In the last 15 years her interest in traditional art and painting expanded to include a more intuitive approach. Around the same time she began working at The WAE Center in West Orange, a unique holistic art studio for people with different abilities.
The combination of assisting others to create and her almost daily experience of creative expression sent Esther on a journey of self discovery, including both the frustration and delight that comes with exploring the rich creative parts of ourselves.
Esther says, “My paintings are rarely literal these days. It is more the mysterious feelings I get in my meditative journeys that I work on translating into a painting. Other times I get a picture in my mind and try to put that on paper. Still other days my inspirational flow happens in the moment while I am painting and I seem to follow that trail, not quite knowing where it is leading. I give myself permission to paint from that deep heart place of longing, to satisfy a sort of hunger, crude honesty and indiscriminateness. It can also be great fun!
The richest part of painting for me is to access and be in touch with mystery, the vastness inside as well as outside of us all.”
The exhibit will open with a reception for the public to meet the artist on Sunday February 4 from 3 - 5 PM. It is a free event. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display through Wednesday February 28.