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I have been told by many professionals,artists, curators, gallery owners, academics and collectors "There is nothing like my works of art.,
The path of the just is a shining light, that shines into a perfect day.
My work is a shining light from a moment in another world of spirits and angels, then captured in the real world we all share.
Some have called it, “Avant Grade” because it is so totally unique. I draw from the tumultuous depths of cheerful beings from other realms that visit me. I then apply the use of the vibrant cutting edge of materials not widely used, in a joyful profusion creating paintings like no one else's works. My Spirit Paintings are uniquely my own. See more of them at www.jameseturnerfineart.com
I paint what I see, like taking a snapshot of a movie, one scene out of a flowing unfolding experience of luminous, vaporous ever moving spiritual presence.
I have had radiant visions since childhood, not as a continual experience, but sometimes when playing by myself as an only child. Telling my mother about this, she asked, “Are you afraid?” and I stated, “No! It feels like Christmas Morning and the sounds are more than music and so beautiful and peaceful” She then told me, "Don't worry about them, but keep it private and never tell anyone not even your daddy. Being a little Scorpio boy, I knew early the propriety of keeping secrets. She also brought out this sensitivity to the “Psychic” by our discussing the possible meanings of my visions and our dreams at breakfast, well after my father had left for work. This was private also. I enjoyed my breakfast, sharing our experiences, ideas and my visions, while she took a break from tailoring and dressmaking which was her consummate art.
Being small and frail I never competed in sports with my peers and had much time alone, learning to read at a very early age and being quite precocious. I created art as far back as I can remember. Starry Night is one of my earliest memories and shapes all I create with my Spirit Paintings. My parents never really encouraged me with art, but always kept me supplied with a child’s needs to expression. I was also given a generous allowance so I could buy what I needed. I remember always copying other pictures I enjoyed, acting like a camera. So, by the time I was in high school, I could do good renderings of any subject… enjoying carbon pencils, a heavy, glossy Bristol Board cardstock that could stand up to being erased and smudged and creating camera-like black, white and grays of a photo. My junior year of high school summer vacation, I stumbled on formal art classes that were just starting at the local museum. They were day-long series and into evening classes, given by a pair of “Big City” artists. They also had a nude female model twice a week in the evenings. In my naiveté, I had never seen a real nude. I showed up every morning, participating as long as they were there, often into the night, class after class.
I am sure, in reflection, there was probably some registration or fee, but the museum staff was familiar with me because I attended every opening as I rode my bike the three miles there since I was about eight years old. In private later, I would review again and again the new displays, usually on my own, to learn and enjoy.
I had started going to the museum and nearby public library, when I was about eight. As the museum was only a quick bike ride away…. and the world was so innocent then. The museum and public library were my favorite places to be, in the “Deep South Summer Time.” because they were air conditioned. Also they had no end of interesting things to do and see. The people working there befriended me… it was years later, when in college, I learned from my mother that she knew all of those people and they kept an eye on me.
I knew from an early age, “I am an artist.” The light of a soul overcomes any darkness. “Shine” dear light!
I drew and painted from life and imagined myself an accurate but yet imperfect camera. The big city artist, “Fred”, at the museum got me to loosen up and put more feeling and less rigid planning into my efforts, striving less for predefined results of the limitations of talent and imagination and opening me to the inspiration of the Muse.
Down a long slope from my beloved museum was the library; abundant with well-tended gardens and a graceful profusion of mature trees. Allowed early entry into the adult section of the library I was reading everything on psychology, religion, and mysticism, because of my own secret visions and my spiritual interpretation of the phenomena. The librarians allowing me into the "Adult" library because I was such a focused and avid reader intent on learning not entertainment. The library was well equipped with translations of primary texts and commentaries of all the world's great and obscure religions and spiritual and magical traditions. The library would also borrow from other libraries, works I cited and wanted that they did not have. The head Liberian took an interest in me the Winter of my Junior Year of high school. I went to many Sunday afternoons "Salons" in her home to delve into erudite discussions with those of eclectic schools and traditions of every seeming belief, practice and tradition. I had learned the practice of Palm Reading in the library and the group got me started in being the local "Palm Reader." What I learned after much study… to sum it up… I am a mystic…. and I courted the goal of “Bliss” being attained in the “Creative Act”.
This spoke to me…and the Zen “Totem” of the “Controlled Accident” in art ……where there are really no accidents or imperfections. It all becomes a part of an inspired piece. Inspired art goes beyond the rigors of imagination where planned results prevail. Inspiration comes from the spirit realm of creation. The creative is as close as we get to the Divine, consider Motherhood the most spiritual divine creativity, not just the works of the artist. God or my Archangel was and is always with me like old friends with a running conversation sending me blessings before I even knew I wanted them.
The Muse comes into the artist and takes them up to a higher level of consciousness. There, the artist allows the creative to happen, where all is accidentally purposeful with a minimum of technique. However, the technique is necessary… we study technique so we can practice the art. We may be inspired, but there is a lot of studies, practice, and experimentation that is upstream to having presentable results.
Also in the library I found many books of Astrological lore and the reference department had all the half dozen books of mathematical tables for the tedious process of setting up charts. So, while in high school I was well on my way to becoming the Psychic Astrologer I work as today many, many decades later serving countless people over long years. I am still learning every time I have one of my people join in conversation about what the stars show. The stars do not compel people into a particular path in their life but they provide occasionally extra energy boosting what ever direction we have chosen with our free will for the results our own choices have created good or ill.
I am now the town "Soothsayer" and this is where I am present, with my works of art…courting the Muse. On the “Shining Path”, allowing the spirit of creativity to take me up and use me, as I am there like the paint, canvas, and brush… just another part of the process. It all brings forth experiences in my life where visions of spirits come to me in meditation. The visions are not scary, but beautiful and entrancing. . I worked as a paid artist many times starting in high school doing adds for the TV station and also in college as a commercial artist responsible for an important magazine of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Later in life I had good jobs as a robotics engineer, and afterwards as a college professor of Robotics and Computer Science in schools around the Detroit area. I had a knack for working with computers and machinery… even, Goliaths I knew nothing about and had never seen before. I could always get troubled machines running smoothly in less than a day. I felt they had a spirit tha helped guide me with trouble shooting. Only once in about a decade of troubleshooting I it took me three days to solve the robot's problem it was so huge and complicated it was a delight to finally get it running right!
As a professor, I had a wide reputation of making a technical subject entertaining. I knew I had a “gift of gab." and I could hold mesmerizing presentations as a “Futurist”, The college classes ran for four hours twice a week but being tempted by a good wage as professor got me to try it. I did this for years, making good money. I even had a thirty-six-foot yacht for about five years mostly from the largess found as an engineer. I took the warm weather off from Spring till into the October Fall and sailed around the Great Lakes in the long, pleasant days of hot and temperate weather of the lovely Midwest. It was good. I had a friend who encouraged me to spend my money and took long holidays with the sailboat I loved. I usually worked as a contractor and only needed work when I chose or for work of necessity. It was good it was spent or it would have all gone to hospital bills when psychotic.
“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present," Sir Francis Bacon. I take this quote to heart with my work, which is cheerful and reflects the happiness I experienced. The Muse takes me up to the “Shining Path” with my art and fortune telling to the creative experience of the inspired. I call all my paintings “Wheels within Wheels” which is a phrase of Elijah, describing his manifestations of angels. I am no Elijah, I only relate to this because my visions were always a profusion of balls of light and spinning wheels lasting I do not know how long because the visions leave me in a timeless state of mind in my meditations. I find great spiritual comfort in relating to my myriad experiences. I am unafraid and actually felt good with the visions having something like music but beyond that terrestrial pleasure with the radiant spheres seeming to talk to me sometimes telling me all manner of things about the world and the people around me that often relates to my fortune telling. That is why I call myself a Psychic Astrologer.
I am content to live quietly in my little brick home where the tree covered mountains of Virginia find me painting devotedly in a little country town of Abingdon… with endless scenes swirling during my meditation of these visions I paint and the spirits whispering secrets to me when I am doing my Psychic Astrology and Palmistry.
When looking at my paintings, large and small, I feel one should be intensely stimulated because the painting is of radiant balls of light. This is more than a simple work of art, it is an ongoing experience. I use many metallic and iridescent colors in combination with traditional paints and layers of varnish. I create an event where the painting actually changes its appearance with the angle of viewing being shifted and as the lighting changes from electric to daylight, to the reflections caught by candlelight, though subtle the flickering flame brings the work to life. I also encourage my patrons, curators and benefactors …to turn them, turn them around… presenting a new perspective as it has no top or bottom… being created “In the Round”…. signed on the back.
First and foremost, I paint as a vitalizing process for me personally. Being caught up in the “Creative Moment on The Shining Path”, clears my mind of my own concerns and is captured as the visions and their music and occasional commentaries. I am not afraid. when I paint these visionary episodes and I pray and sing, chant mantras and say incantations and make an effort to create a spiritual link into another level of conciseness where inspiration is manifested. The paintings are “Spiritually Charged” and can be a link to bliss for those who meditate on them. I pray the paintings will be a source of Abundant Blessings and Peaceful Protection for all who see them.
All the paintings are “Wheels within Wheels”, as from the Book of Ezekiel where he saw circles within circles and my spattering of spots. They are all the same motif while each being radically different … lending them perfectly to being placed in a grouping like a series of stories in a book of different events within the same town. All related but none are alike… all sisters, but no twins.
I know my patron has a piece of art that is unique, cheerful and possibly even healing.
The pieces often take more time than is reasonable because I get absorbed in using miniature brushes designed for painting pictures on fingernails and I lose myself as a work is held in my lap, on an easel, or flat on the floor and all of my accouterments are in an agitated order.
All of my periodic visions are similar but dramatically different at the same time. They are swirling torrents of radiant colors and light and circles within circles and “Wheels Within Wheels” and that is the same title for all of my hundreds of paintings.
Take one… or groupings… enjoy them, because they all have this story…and an inspiring presence.
We have told you about me and these art pieces, as well as the important spiritual theory of the creative process, “The Shining Path”, which one can draw upon to more deeply enjoy one’s own creative outlets whatever they may be and also have a deeper experience enjoying the works of others no matter what the medium, physical or ephemeral.. “Just Let It Happen”.
Corry’s artwork can become part of family lore and an unusual heirloom that can live on through the generations as it is made of museum quality materials.
You are in the presence of a truly unique piece of fine art.
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