Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Dhyana Mackenzie, Painter, Tells Her Story

Khembalung Cave & the Outpost of  Shambhala 24" x 36" acrylic

I have always had a fascination with myths and legends and love researching the origins of them. My creations have not only a real tangible foundation, but an innate ability to transform those who are drawn to them. I find that this, ultimately, makes my artwork visually interactive.

Journey to Shambhala 18 x 24 watercolor & acrylic mix with pen & ink

I found myself deeply drawn to research the writings of explorer Nicholas Roerch who went in search of Shangri-La, the name given to the mythical realm of James Hilton's classic novel Lost Horizon. This research has lead me down some very narrow paths, mentally trekking halfway around the world through books and visions. Up until recently I always thought that I had pinpointed the location down to a valley in the Kung Lun mountain range.

Inside Hollow Earth   24" x 36" acrylic

In 2013, I discovered a book by Willis George Emerson (1858-1918), entitled The Smokey God  (alternative title A Voyage Journey to the Inner Earth), which is also featured in a YouTube video. That research inspired the above painting and led me deep down the rabbit hole. It inspired me to put together my latest show, entitled Journey Into Hollow Earth. It is the remarkable true story about a fisherman named Olaf Jensen who lived near the North Pole. He and his father went on a long fishing trip that resulted in a most amazing journey. As the old quote suggests, “Truth sometimes is stranger than fiction”, as this boy and his father traveled further and further north until their compass started acting strangely, as if they were on the edge of the world. They kept sailing further north, yet found themselves in a climate that kept getting warmer instead of colder, as if going through the doorway into another world, a world inside of the earth, they called Agartha.

Agartha 24" x 36"  acrylic, and pen & ink

As they continued further into this magical world, sailing many miles, they were met by a huge ship crewed by people who were very friendly and who were about 12 to 15 feet tall. They took Olaf and his father back to their village and where they saw people standing on flying platforms and ships flying in the air. It was a world that was run on the earth’s own energy, utilizing anti-gravity, which I recognized from my other research, what Tesla envisioned for the world. I have always been able to combine deep insight in the mysterious and mystical with my artistic interests. The painting about Agartha, gives you an idea about how thick the earth’s crust is and where the anti-gravity field is said to be.

Arctic Entrance 12" x 16" acrylic

Admiral Byrd was sent to the arctic by our government in 1927 to reach the North Pole, where he had an amazing incident occur which our government told him not to reveal. Before his death he came out with the truth about what had occurred to him and his navigator. How they flew the basic same pathway that Olaf Jensen and his father sailed and was met by beings inside of the earth. Subsequently, "...the admiral and his airplane crew accomplished a physical flight of seven hours duration in a northerly direction beyond the North Pole. Every mile and every minute of that journey beyond was over ice, water, or land that no explorer had seen...As progress was made beyond the Pole point, there was observed directly under the plane's course ice less land and lakes, and mountains where foliage was abundant. It does give you a lot to think about.

To see more of Dyhana's artwork, please visit her website. This is Week 20 of 52 Artists in 52 Weeks. Thank you for reading and sharing Dhyana's post today!