May 2nd, 2015

Mandala Aqua

Artist: Maria Mercedes Trujillo A, New Zealand
Artist Statement: I’m Maria Mercedes Trujillo A. from MagaMerlina, I’m a late bloomer, self-taught illustrator-crafter from Bogotá-Colombia, who now calls New Zealand home. I attended medical school became a psychiatrist and six years ago decided to make art my life project. I sketch, draw, paint and embroider.

I’ve been keeping artist’s journals since 2001. In my journals I can be and do what ever I want. There I can paint realistically from the outer world or let my imagination swim in my inner world, I can make mistakes or be almost perfect, I can be black and white or the whole rainbow, I can write, I can draw, I can paint and do paper collage. My journals are always with me.

Mandalas have long been a theme in my work. They keep popping out in my art. Working with mandalas gives me endless possibilities, yet it gives a frame: the circle. Mandalas teach me about my Self, they also make me happy and they are beautiful. You can follow what I do at

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

[Ed. Note: What is a mandala? The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning “circle.” Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas is usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order. Source: Meaning of Mandala



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