Joyce Huntington is an artist who lives in Oak View, California. She was selected among hundreds of artists from around the world for the 10th annual “The Healing Power of ART” exhibition, presented by Manhattan Arts International. This online exhibition showcases different visual forms, styles and mediums by 43 artists who create art as a catalyst to heal others, themselves, or to raise awareness and well-being in our society.
In the exhibition this year, Carolyn Edlund, founder of ArtsyShark, chose Joyce Huntington to receive her special ArtsyShark Award. The award included a Featured Artist interview on the ArtsyShark website which you can read here.
Carolyn Edlund explained why she selected Joyce Huntington for this award. “I am impressed by Joyce Huntington’s highly focused body of work, which shares her message about the benefits of meditation, and resulting well-being and balance in life. Her approach toward healing is a calm, centered spiritual path, and she does an excellent job of conveying this visually.”
In the insightful interview titled “Art & Meditation: Interview with Joyce Huntington” Edlund wrote: “I find Joyce’s portfolio fascinating because of the deep connection she has with the process of meditation and creative inspiration derived from her experience in the meditative state. Her artwork is a visual testimony to the enlightenment and peace she has found – certainly a healing force, and one that promotes well-being and serenity. I asked Joyce to share her amazing life story and artwork with my readers.”
One of the questions Edlund asked is: “How did you become interested in and involved with meditation?”
Joyce Huntington’s response is: “When I was in my twenties, I, along with some of my coworkers, volunteered to be part of a hypnosis research project. It was determined that I was a very good subject, so much so that all I had to do was close my eyes and be quiet.”
She continued, “The states of consciousness during hypnosis and meditation are very similar, except meditation is self-directed. Once I had obtained that state of awareness during hypnosis, I was able to remember more fully the near-death experience I had at the age of seven (during her bout with polio). This included the now cliché components of a life review, going through a tunnel, being greeted by loving beings, and the Light of unconditional love at the end. Having remembered it, I longed to experience the Light again.”
About her creative goal as an artist Huntington has this to say: “What I’m trying to do is bring the energy of Spirit, that Light, down into manifestation, so it can come through the paintings and reach the people viewing them.”
Huntington’s painting “Grace”, shown above, was selected for the “The Healing Power of ART” exhibition. On her website she provides this statement about “Grace”: “I stayed true to my original awakening vision with this painting. The message was about the many dimensional layers that are around us and that by seeing more than one simultaneously we can begin to understand the complexities of our reality. Many veils, many layers, One reality. I was told to name it Grace.”
When she entered the competition Huntington submitted this statement: “I have dedicated myself to the Light. I paint the visions I have during meditation, or images that come when waking but mostly I paint the Light. Years ago I set my life goal — to use my art to bring feelings of healing and well being to others.”
She has definitely achieved her goal to use art to bring healing and feelings of well-being to others. And, for that we are all fortunate recipients of her valuable gifts.
Read the interview by Carolyn Edlund on the Artsy Shark website: Art & Meditation: Interview with Joyce Huntington.
Visit Joyce Huntington’s website: www.joycehuntingtonart.com.
View The Healing Power of ART online exhibition.