Margaret Storer-Roche


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I was first drawn to Storer-Roche’s collection of mandala illustrations. In Sanskrit, the word “mandala” means both “essence” and “having or containing”. The circular completion of the mandala has spiritual significance and is a source of spiritual art and practice in Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

The illustrations that Storer-Roche posts on Flickr and her blog typically have spiritual quotations beside them. We read, “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures” (Lao Tzu) and “Spring…An experience in immortality” (Thoreau).

Storer-Roche combines ink and watercolor, and sometimes uses digital enhancement. Only later did I discover the artist’s illustrated watercolor journal and her Moleskine sketchbook. Her exquisite use of color and detail is something to definitely check out.

-LB

Water Blossoms is the artist’s blog.




  • Whether you know it or not you are probably quite familiar with mandalas. If you have gazed upon a magnificent rose window adorning a local cathedral or spent time enjoying a fragrant spring daisy, then you have already been touched by the beauty of a mandala.

  • Whether you know it or not you are probably quite familiar with mandalas. If you have gazed upon a magnificent rose window adorning a local cathedral or spent time enjoying a fragrant spring daisy, then you have already been touched by the beauty of a mandala.