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 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 45 years and is currently an adjunct associate professor at the University of Victoria. For 15 years he studied with the late John Nip distinguished teacher 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. John’s work can be found at The Gallery of Great Things in Waimea, 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.