Tirthas: The Thin Place Where Earthly and Divine Meet, an Artist's Journey Through India (Hardcover)
Tirtha is a Sanskrit word that refers to pilgrimage sites that inspire the soul to cross over from worldly engagement to infinite states of bliss, knowledge and perception. That is exactly what Dana Scott Westering experienced when what began as an artistic foray to India turned into a full-blown emotional and intellectual journey. Included in the introduction is the author's overall reaction to his travels; he then proceeds to identify through art and text 41 locations that he visits. Paintings are presented in a stylistic form that represents not only the architecture and landscapes, but also how he feels each is best represented in terms of the medium: in watercolor, pen and ink, or charcoal--all in an effort to convey the emotional essence of what he has encountered on his journey through this astonishing country.
Dana Scott Westring attended Hasting College in his native Nebraska and graduated with a BA in Studio Art in 1975. He has worked as a freelance illustrator, served as an art director at an international architectural/interior design firm, restored antique decorative art and murals, and designed and painted trompe l'oeil murals around the world. The last twenty years, Westring has focused mostly on drawings and watercolors of landscapes. He has a passion for garden design, and his garden has been published in a variety of books and magazines, including a feature article in "Martha Stewart Living."