John L. Hart, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Spirit Bear Art Farm, a Canadian artist and writers retreat on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 40 years and is currently an adjunct associate professor at the University of Victoria. For over twelve years he has been studying with the distinguished John Nip in the tradition of Chinese Brush Painting. He is a member of The Studio for Perseverance in Study of Calligraphy and Art and The Studio of Harmonious Endeavors. His work can be found at The Gallery of Great Things in Waimea, Hawaii and at Living Arts Gallery in Hawi, Hawaii. He has been selected to be one of the Artisans of Mauna Kea Hotel.
Artist Statement: I consider my work to be in the tradition of an ancient contemplative art. The practice and creation of these works are a kind of meditation and are a connection to the mysterious and the sublime. The works can be objects of art as well as personal objects of contemplation. I have taught and practiced psychotherapy for many years in the mytho-poetic tradition and am profoundly inspired by the beauty of Vancouver Island and the Big Island of Hawaii.