Iris Duarte: Artist Statement

In 1996, I began to renew an interest in making art. I began to study printmaking and painting in oils, acrylic, and encaustics.

It is important for me to be consciously involved with my creative process. This means to be courageous, independent and open to learning, growing and nurturing the spiritual aspect of my life.

My motivation in making art is to be true to myself, to discover the depth of my wonder at this world we live in. I work very much in the “now” striving to be present, thus, enabling the expression of my inner self to unfold.

I am interested in exploring the mind-body-spirit relationship and how I can express this in my work. I am committed to the process of seeing deeply, being inspired, and being a part of the channel of the universal creative spirit.

Art is part of my spiritual practice, enabling me to develop clarity, mindfulness in the moment, wisdom and compassion and access to revelations of higher mystic states of awareness. Through this contemplative journey my creations of art are the outward expression of the inner spiritual awakening.

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