work is a reflection of how we experience life with an attitude of
thanks, grace, and play. When we do this, reality is a lot more like a
dream. Everything takes on an air of fluidity, and there is more space
in our minds to experience moments like water in a river, continuing
onward without resistance to what is. This does not mean that we give
up the power of choice, or that we "give in" to whatever comes our
way—to emulate the river is to understand that the nature of the river
is to keep on. Water does not hold onto the riverbank, it simply flows.
One purpose of my work is to act as a reminder that the world is not
black and white. If we remain present, patient, and curious throughout
life, we judge others and ourselves less often, and adapt more easily
and frequently to beneficial change. This is the result of a grand
collaboration of events! The style and subject matter in my art
represent the ability to experience perfection as a wondrous state of
transformation, acknowledging each phase and form of existence as part
of a sacred universal process. Once we are able to perceive our
interdependence with all things, we can synchronize our perspective
with and direction towards the greatest landscape of interconnection we
can imagine, and life becomes the most exhilarating game we've ever
We are all born with infinite potential to create beauty; and as we
fulfill our basic needs, and honor our potential, we offer the world
the greatest gift. When we do and say things that bring others and
ourselves real joy, we are creating beauty. When we live authentically
to our individual nature in empowering ways while encouraging others to
do the same, we are making art. Through creative expression and
compassionate communication, differences between individuals become
opportunities for understanding instead of conflict, art instead of
destruction, poetry instead of war. We find hope in what may have once
been great disappointment. Negative concepts about God and religion are
transmuted into diverse pathways that lead straight to the heart. We
accept all as beings that simply love and need to be loved.
was born in 1982, and grew up in northern California. She loved to draw
ever since she was a little girl, even if it meant getting carsick on
long road trips with her family because she was so focused on her
sketchpad. Her talent advanced as she got older, but she felt it was
necessary to pursue a career that assured more financial stability.
Society had taught her too much about the starving artist. And so, she
sought study for a profession that was highly useful in society that
would also require her artistic skill.
Six years later, she graduated from California Polytechnic State
University with a professional bachelors degree in architecture.
During her fourth year in college, Ishka spent a year studying abroad
in France, and traveled all over Western Europe. Her experience of life
outside the U.S. transformed her entire perception of art,
architecture, and community; and it was then that she became much more
certain of her path, both as an artist and an architectural designer.
Everything came to a climax in this little town she visited on the
southern coast of Portugal—one of the last trips she made before
returning to the states. In the hostel she stayed in, twenty complete
strangers from all over the world had somehow come together as one big
family. For the first time, Ishka experienced the miracle of coming
together with people she had never met as though they had somehow known
each other for lifetimes. Miracles began happening everyday; or, maybe
it was that Ishka was finally allowing them to happen, and be a witness to them.
A rose, long-awaited, bloomed in her heart, and Ishka began to
recognize God in all beings. She awakened to a Great Love for herself
and everyone around her. This shift in her awareness marked the
inception of a life long spiritual journey!
When she returned to California, she dedicated her next year of college
studying as much as she could about natural building techniques and
eco-village design, and developed her thesis around it. The
architecture program had included aspects of green building over the
years, but Ishka’s hunger for it and her interest in intentional
community living intensified exponentially after her trip overseas.
Moreover, her passion for art was renewed with a vehemence and sense of
freedom all too wild and magnificent to describe any other way than to
draw it. She no longer felt inhibited by the stigmas society had put on
her greatest gift.
After graduation, Ishka made a solid commitment to her practice as an
artist, and architecture would be her mistress. Ishka has since
embarked on many other travels in North America and abroad, exploring
and expanding her participation as a true citizen of the world. She
uses every opportunity available to absorb spiritual guidance and
inspiration for her art, and foster her development and dedication to
community building and lifestyle.