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Moncivais Art: Mandala Art by Barbara Moncivais
Exhibition Dates: June 14 - July 18, 2013

      I have always been interested in art, however, it was not until I worked towards my Psychology Degree and minored in art that I actually took any art classes. When my youngest daughter was in first grade, I volunteered to teach her art class. I started an art/craft business cutting animated figures out of wood and painting them. I created, painted and sold children’s wall plaques for eleven years. I started as a vendor in arts and crafts shows from 1973 to 1984; throughout Texas. Eventually I started selling my plaques, grow charts, mobiles, etc. to stores and opened the market via a sales rep in five states. Now, I cannot remember a time when I was not creating some form of art from acrylic paintings, watercolors, pen and ink paintings, quilts, ribbon bookmarks, and now mandalas.
      I was introduced to mandalas during my first year at Southwestern College; working towards an MA in Art Therapy/Counseling.  Mandala’s are thousands of years old and used by many religions. Tthe mandala began its journey in the Sanskrit world. The Sanskrit translates “mandala” to the English “circle”; hence you will always find a circular pattern within any type of mandala.  I find the mandala as a way to tap into the psyche.
     I use the mandala both for individual growth and grounding as well as in groups and with individual clients.  The mandala offers an increased understanding of the transformational experience from both a spiritual and psychological prospective.  Each mandala gives an energy for both the creater and observer.  When a person is drawn to a mandala, it most likely is giving off an energy that the viewer wants, needs, or simply attracts.
~Barbara Moncivais

View more artwork by Barbara Moncivais on her website.

"Soul Trees" mandela by Barbara Moncivais. Acrylic on Canvas.
Soul Trees
Mandela by Barbara Moncivais
Acrylic on Canvas
"Centered Swirls" Mandela by Barbara Moncivais. Pen and ink on acrylic paper. $85.00
Centered Swirls
  Mandela by Barbara Moncivais
Pen and ink on acrylic paper. 
"In-Twined" mandela by Barbara Moncivais. Acrylic on Canvas.
Mandela by Barbara Moncivais
Acrylic on Canvas 




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