Damon Powell - Artist & Theologian is creating Art & Writing
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patrons

$110
per month
Thank you for your interest in supporting my creative endeavors!
Your commitment to support creators like myself is a source of inspiration and acknowledgment that motivates me to continue exploring my creative potential and honing my craft.

All of my creative projects reflect the aim of my Mission Statement: 
To give divine light form through the manifestation of striking visual images that encourage reflection upon the myriad ways the divine reveals itself within our daily world.

My imagery and prose seek to fulfill this mission by drawing upon the wisdom of varying spiritual traditions in order to teach, inspire, and support those who strive to deepen their connection with the noumenal in their everyday lives.
My mission is to share my artistic talents, spiritual insights and specialized theological knowledge in a way that is more easily accessible to those who are not part of a faith or religious tradition but consider themselves to be on a spiritual path nonetheless. My images and writings will explore these ideas with depth while presenting them in a manner that is visually and intellectually stimulating.

Your patronage creates a brighter light in the world for others and provides me with the support I need to maintain a higher, more open connection to the source from which my creativity flows. In this way elevate one another and the overall light of all beings upon the planet. Thank you for joining me in this effort!

Thank you for your patronage!


Biographical Statement
As a little boy, I loved going to the grocery store so I could pour over the comics while my mother was shopping. I was always captivated by the images and the colors long before I began to actually read any of the content. These early experiences provided me with a wealth of information and inspiration to fuel my expanding inner world.

As I grew into a young man, I came to the realization that I was most happy and fulfilled when I was engaged in creative pursuits. Most of my middle and high school years were spent traveling back and forth between the art and music rooms. When the time came for me to make decisions about college, I realized that creating art was my deepest passion. Luckily, I had the benefit of a very caring art teacher who helped me to develop a portfolio for submission to an Art & Design college.

After completing my training as an Illustrator at the Kansas City Art Institute, I began doing freelance illustration and graphic design. However, midway into my career, a series of life experiences led to what can best be described as a spiritual awakening. As a result of these experiences, I felt compelled to pursue a spiritual calling which resulted in my entering seminary.
While pursuing a Master of Divinity degree I struggled to understand how I could integrate my identity as an artist with the theological and philosophical training I was being exposed to. I continued to create works of art and complete commissions but the content and focus of my work had begun to evolve. During this period I began to incorporate my creative activity into my spiritual practice. A product of my struggle (and the incorporation of creativity into my spiritual practice) was discovering that I needed more in-depth knowledge about the connections between art and theology - so I entered a Doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

The focus of my research was an interdisciplinary study which integrated, Theological Aesthetics, Art, and Black American cultural theory. My time spent at the Graduate Theological Union culminated in the production of a research project that utilized both my illustrations and my doctoral research. The extensive research required for my dissertation allowed me to integrate theological insights and my creative artistry into a cohesive way of being which combines, theology, art, and my ongoing spiritual practice into an overarching vocational vision. My artistic practice is an integral part of that vision.

At present, creations reflect my efforts to explore the connections between artistic creation, aesthetic experience, and spirituality. For me this means that most of my images are birthed from my study of various theological/philosophical texts, or images that come to me through my daily meditation practice. My primary mediums are scratchboard and watercolor. I occasionally work with acrylic paints but maintain a consistent portfolio through the use of style and content that supports my vision statement. I maintain a studio in downtown Oakland where I work on creating works of art that are birthed from my overall vocational vision. I always begin with meditation before engaging in the creative process. I meditate at a small altar located within my studio. My goal is to infuse each creation with higher vibrational energies that are interwoven into the fabric of the work. This process not only involves meditation and prayer while creating but also involves in-depth research and meditation upon the best way to convey complex spiritual concepts in visual form through the use of color, line, and symbol. Thus all of my creations are inspiring, didactic, and iconic.

Tiers
Initiate
$2 or more per month only 350 left

As an Initiate you have access to my Patreon newsfeed where I will be posting my thumbnail sketches, creation progress photos, and some great pics from my trip to NY for the intensive.

Devotee
$5 or more per month only 199 left

As a Devotee you get the benefits of the Initiate tier (thumbnail sketches, progress photos) plus: live video snippets from my trip to NY for the intensive.

Mystic
$10 or more per month only 117 left

All Mystics receive the benefits of the previous tiers (thumbnail sketches, progress photos, video snippets) and a 10% discount on any prints from my printshop. 

Adept
$25 or more per month only 80 left

All Adepts receive the benefits of the aforementioned tiers (thumbnail sketches, progress photos, pics & video 10% discount) in addition to: complimentary jpegs of any images produced from the NY intensive.

Votary
$40 or more per month only 58 left

A Votary reaps all the benefits of the previous tiers (thumbnail sketches, progress photos, pics & video snippets, 10% discount,  small jpeg) plus a 20% discount in my art printshop.

Goals
$110 of $5,000 per month

With your support...

I will be able to attend an 8-day painting intensive "Visionary Painting Intensive 2019". This intensive is lead by none other than the visionary duo Alex and Allyson Grey. The intensive is held at their Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappinger, NY. 

The intensive will be held from July 15-22, 2019 but the application deadline is March 15, 2019. 

The cost of the intensive is $1150 (which includes meals) but I will also need funds for 8 days of accommodations, a round-trip flight, transportation to and from Wappinger, NY and the supplies I will need to either purchase or ship (to and from) the intensive. 

I have never attended a painting intensive and am eager to attend this one because it is being hosted by two artists whose work shares similar themes and vision. I will alsoget a chance ot meet other artist who also share my interst and philosophy with regard to art and spirituality.

In return...
you have my loving gratitude, the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting the Arts - via myself, some great pics of the Chapel and surrounding property, and some nice gifts upon my return!
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Thank you for your interest in supporting my creative endeavors!
Your commitment to support creators like myself is a source of inspiration and acknowledgment that motivates me to continue exploring my creative potential and honing my craft.

All of my creative projects reflect the aim of my Mission Statement: 
To give divine light form through the manifestation of striking visual images that encourage reflection upon the myriad ways the divine reveals itself within our daily world.

My imagery and prose seek to fulfill this mission by drawing upon the wisdom of varying spiritual traditions in order to teach, inspire, and support those who strive to deepen their connection with the noumenal in their everyday lives.
My mission is to share my artistic talents, spiritual insights and specialized theological knowledge in a way that is more easily accessible to those who are not part of a faith or religious tradition but consider themselves to be on a spiritual path nonetheless. My images and writings will explore these ideas with depth while presenting them in a manner that is visually and intellectually stimulating.

Your patronage creates a brighter light in the world for others and provides me with the support I need to maintain a higher, more open connection to the source from which my creativity flows. In this way elevate one another and the overall light of all beings upon the planet. Thank you for joining me in this effort!

Thank you for your patronage!


Biographical Statement
As a little boy, I loved going to the grocery store so I could pour over the comics while my mother was shopping. I was always captivated by the images and the colors long before I began to actually read any of the content. These early experiences provided me with a wealth of information and inspiration to fuel my expanding inner world.

As I grew into a young man, I came to the realization that I was most happy and fulfilled when I was engaged in creative pursuits. Most of my middle and high school years were spent traveling back and forth between the art and music rooms. When the time came for me to make decisions about college, I realized that creating art was my deepest passion. Luckily, I had the benefit of a very caring art teacher who helped me to develop a portfolio for submission to an Art & Design college.

After completing my training as an Illustrator at the Kansas City Art Institute, I began doing freelance illustration and graphic design. However, midway into my career, a series of life experiences led to what can best be described as a spiritual awakening. As a result of these experiences, I felt compelled to pursue a spiritual calling which resulted in my entering seminary.
While pursuing a Master of Divinity degree I struggled to understand how I could integrate my identity as an artist with the theological and philosophical training I was being exposed to. I continued to create works of art and complete commissions but the content and focus of my work had begun to evolve. During this period I began to incorporate my creative activity into my spiritual practice. A product of my struggle (and the incorporation of creativity into my spiritual practice) was discovering that I needed more in-depth knowledge about the connections between art and theology - so I entered a Doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

The focus of my research was an interdisciplinary study which integrated, Theological Aesthetics, Art, and Black American cultural theory. My time spent at the Graduate Theological Union culminated in the production of a research project that utilized both my illustrations and my doctoral research. The extensive research required for my dissertation allowed me to integrate theological insights and my creative artistry into a cohesive way of being which combines, theology, art, and my ongoing spiritual practice into an overarching vocational vision. My artistic practice is an integral part of that vision.

At present, creations reflect my efforts to explore the connections between artistic creation, aesthetic experience, and spirituality. For me this means that most of my images are birthed from my study of various theological/philosophical texts, or images that come to me through my daily meditation practice. My primary mediums are scratchboard and watercolor. I occasionally work with acrylic paints but maintain a consistent portfolio through the use of style and content that supports my vision statement. I maintain a studio in downtown Oakland where I work on creating works of art that are birthed from my overall vocational vision. I always begin with meditation before engaging in the creative process. I meditate at a small altar located within my studio. My goal is to infuse each creation with higher vibrational energies that are interwoven into the fabric of the work. This process not only involves meditation and prayer while creating but also involves in-depth research and meditation upon the best way to convey complex spiritual concepts in visual form through the use of color, line, and symbol. Thus all of my creations are inspiring, didactic, and iconic.

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Tiers
Initiate
$2 or more per month only 350 left

As an Initiate you have access to my Patreon newsfeed where I will be posting my thumbnail sketches, creation progress photos, and some great pics from my trip to NY for the intensive.

Devotee
$5 or more per month only 199 left

As a Devotee you get the benefits of the Initiate tier (thumbnail sketches, progress photos) plus: live video snippets from my trip to NY for the intensive.

Mystic
$10 or more per month only 117 left

All Mystics receive the benefits of the previous tiers (thumbnail sketches, progress photos, video snippets) and a 10% discount on any prints from my printshop. 

Adept
$25 or more per month only 80 left

All Adepts receive the benefits of the aforementioned tiers (thumbnail sketches, progress photos, pics & video 10% discount) in addition to: complimentary jpegs of any images produced from the NY intensive.

Votary
$40 or more per month only 58 left

A Votary reaps all the benefits of the previous tiers (thumbnail sketches, progress photos, pics & video snippets, 10% discount,  small jpeg) plus a 20% discount in my art printshop.