Artist Statement

AKARI 


The combination of the two characters 日=sun, and 月=moon, which means the light comes from sunlight and moonlight. It also implies brightness, intelligence, wisdom, or truth.

As an intuitive artist, photographer & designer, my work is about inquiry. It is about investigating the interconnected world of the human experience with nature. As an artistic journey, I begin with an inclination, a feeling, a question, an idea, or a conceptual construct influenced by the world's environment and context to discover beautiful relationships between things and to be. Simply put, my motive is to seek the silent moments and grace of beauty. A Zen master once told me that real-life lies "in-between each heartbeat," in other words, being present in the moment where life is neither right nor wrong, black or white, right or left, or even happy or sad. Although these dichotomous ways of being are a condition of human existence, I learned the truth lies in the grey area - "the silent moments in between."

I grew up on a 40-acre strawberry farm in a rural community called Florin, just outside Sacramento, CA. I found inspiration in the quiet evenings, listening to nature and being in the darkness with only stars and the moon defining the world outside. These quiet moments define my aesthetics, intuition, sense of beauty, and connection to the natural world. This relationship to the natural and human world drives me to find images and create places that call to our inner peace and calm---seeking the moments of quiet beauty.

I hope you enjoy your time here.

With Gassho, Calvin

Giant Tree

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