arlene dubo studio


So many engaging ideas over the years! Here is my honest attempt to paint about them.

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contemplative art, meditation art, buddhism, higher consciousness art

Love and Knowledge (2013 - present)

Part 1 - Practice

Stirred by readings on the science of meditation, the mindfulness movement and secular Buddhism, I created a group of paintings that explore the attitudes of loving kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. The work is a product of meditation practice and creative visualizaiton.

Part 2 - No Self

Reaching back to the roots of my art practice. Observing and recording for the purpose of painting the figure. Engaging ideas of the Buddhist meaning of No Self, Anata, and the science of yoga.

Part 3 - Walking Meditation

This work is inspired by a week-long silent retreat in Nilambe, Sri Lanka. Observing the variety of plant species in the large garden used for walking meditation practice.


The View From Here
This series is a joyful examination of landscape and still life painting. The current Views are from my new experience of Digby and Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. Big sky, expansive ocean view and rocky shoreline. These landscape paintings ground me in my new Maritime environment.

Time Fearless and Aware (2013 - 2016)

Painting without knowing what the outcome will be about or look like can be terrifying. Becoming aware of the freedom in not knowing I can storm the canvas. At peace with and motivated by not knowing, I intuit my way with the canvas, until there is something that I suppose at some point I do presume to know.


Celestial (2006-2016)

Inspired by images of the known univers.


RantAge RantAge (2003-2007)

My rant against religious fundamentalism uses a vocabulary of ancient runes, symbols, hieroglyphs and pictographs. I created some of my own symbols and figure shapes that have a personal meaning. A legend accompanies the work that includes all symbols in the RantAge series and their meanings.



Body Landscape / Sleeping Giant (1994-2005; 2007-2008; pastel and ink, on paper; acrylic on canvas)

The Body Landscape series is my way to communicate the affinities I observe between the forms of the earth and the human form. I am exploring the animation and sensuality that I perceive in nature. I am also celebrating the intrinsic beauty of the body. I use color to bring out the atmosphere and high-contrast light conditions that express my vision. I look at the earth as a living, breathing, heaving existence that is independent of as well as connected to our own existence.


Beyond the Edge (1989-1993; pastel and photo media on paper)

The series Beyond the Edge explores combining drawing and photography. Starting from a photograph of the landscape, I complete the scene using pastel and gouache. The combination of drawing and photography forms the basis for a study in perception. Reality can be effectively represented by using a mechanical process of reproduction: the photograph. Placing it side by side with a manual execution, drawing, I am showing that drawing can rival the photographic technique through controlled textures, impressions, and attention to realism. Also, while drawing provides a realistic content, it is capable of interpreting forms. The artist’s imagination multiplies the possibilities of representing things. In some ways I am challenging the limitations of the photographic image. Thus, from the objectivity of the photograph to a subjective interpretation, I am able to represent and communicate to others my personal view of nature and a different world.


Commission, KirrasCreek, acrylic pating from photograph


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