I worked in a technical field making maps but wanted to be an artist, so I learned to use my technical skills to make art. This fusion of creative vision and technology has given birth to something special.

I first started thinking about art as a healing vehicle while sitting in a doctor's waiting room. When one is forced to wait, there is time to think and time to worry. In these places art can occupy the mind in helpful ways and touch a place in the spirit like nothing else.

I have borrowed from many cultures: Celtic key patterns, Moorish tesselations, Native American symbols, but I have been influenced most predominately by Tibetan art. Some of these pieces are re-samplings of existing designs; digitized, modified, and combined in a new way.

I am deeply indepted to Robert Beer for compiling a wonderful collection of Tibetan icons which has been an invaluable resource. I am also very grateful to Mr. Beer for this wonderful quote which has given me much inspiration.

"Ideas are easy to come by, they spring effortlessly out of the vacuity of the mind and cost nothing. When they are held and projected onto one's self or others they become a project. When the project is enacted it becomes the work, and when the work is completed it appears to be self-existent. Creation is the process of form manifesting from emptiness, where that which arises from the mind comes into existence. Yet the distance between conception and realization may be enormous, as vast as the distance between stars."

Robert Beer, Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs

May these images bring peace and happiness to all.

Janine Wood-Bokman

January, 2011

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