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.
Water Blossoms is the artist’s blog.