By Erin Knutson
Special to the Pioneer
Art Heart and Soul welcomed its patrons with open arms during the Columbia Basin Culture Tour on Sunday, August 10th. Patrick Yesh, greeted me with a wide smile and a twinkle in his kind blue eyes at the beautiful studio location on the Dell Road in Windermere. The distinguished spiritual painter lit up the room as he gave a tour of his inspired paintings.
Patrick discussed a level of spiritual consciousness in his art; the myriad of angelic faces and ethereal symbolism is evident in his impressive body of work. The soul, thats what attracts certain people in my advertising it attracts people who have a spiritual consciousness, because my work is at a spiritual level, he said.
A higher consciousness and awareness is a pervasive topic of discussion for Patrick throughout the enlightening visual journey. An artist, teacher, and spiritualist, he exudes a love of his craft, a gift hes been cultivating from a very young age.
Ive been painting since I was eight years old, my sisters and my mother saw that I had that. I just remember being at the kitchen table doing clay and painting there was always something in front of me, he said.
The natural teacher has a calming presence and a gentle knowing. The Fine Arts, Art Education, Spiritual and Shamanistic Arts instructor and facilitator speaks of his effervescent work with love. Patrick illuminates the spiritual realm of angels, spirit teachers and separate realities, allowing his captive audience to bask in the idea of the spiritual mind.
God is through the mind, thats my message. Its what you do with your mind, how you work it, how you see whats happening in your life from a spiritual point of view, not necessarily a materialistic one, he said. This life can be beautiful for you, if you can hold the idea that whats coming to you is a spiritual message. Artists can have that perception its fun to paint that reality.
Spending time with the Stoney Sioux on a Calgary reserve led the artist to a gorgeous series of laughing kids playing. Its a beautiful culture, I loved it, he said. Art Heart and Soul truly inspires, there is a truth and beauty that deserves to be seen and Patrick Yesh is on the forefront of communicating that unseen reality through his unique and original lifes work.