Artist Geoffrey Haun

Noticing Nature

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About Geoffrey Haun

“Using oils, watercolors and mixed media I paint from life as well as my imagination producing works that vary greatly in style and subject. They range from impressionistic landscapes to imaginary scenes inspired by dreams and visions. Some of my recent work is inspired by classical Asian art. Other recent work utilizes non-recyclable, non-biodegradable trash to create a painting surface that fools the eye into thinking it is seeing a natural material such as wood or stone.

I have been drawing and painting since childhood. My parents encouraged and supported my creativity enabling me to attend after school art programs and receive private lessons as well as introducing me to the works of many great artists and art traditions from around the world at a very young age. I attended the Williamsport Area High School where I was able to enroll in four art classes a week…

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Morning Trip (130)

“The problem is that most people feel cozy enough in samsura. They do not really have the genuine aspiration to go beyond samsura; they just want samsura to be a little better. It is quite interesting that “samsura” became the name of a perfume. And it is like that. It seduces us into thinking that it is okay: samsura is not so bad; it smells nice! The underlying motivation to go beyond samsura is very rare, even for people who go to Dharma centers. There are many people who learn to meditate and so forth, but with the underlying motive that they hope to make themselves feel better. And if it ends up making them feel worse, instead of realizing that this may be a good sign, they think there is something wrong with Dharma. We are always looking for a way to make ourselves comfortable in the prison house. We might think that if we get the cell wall painted a pretty shade of pale green, and put in a few pictures, it won’t be a prison anymore.”

–Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Into the Heart of Life