Friday, June 19, 2015


‘Arising’ the power of transformation within a lifetime, holding our power & shapeshifting into our evolution!  (Artist: Gabriel Tamaya.)

This painting is the final piece of the series of paintings (see also ‘The Gifts Are In The Signs’, ‘Boldness In Becoming’, ‘Our Spirits Are Always With us’ & ‘White Heart Fire’) that I have working on around the noble virtue of ‘Boldness’ and the medicine it can bring when we embrace it consciously in our lives. This is the mapping of the final stage of the journey – Arising!

These paintings follow and map the theme of healing, surrendering our old hindering patterns and ways of being.They are about growing trust and listening to the teachings & guidance of our Spirits so that we may find the boldness to step into our becoming – finally arising as our luminous selves!

Below are the words I was given to share alongside this map.



The time is now!

Pushing forth
from the waters of creation,
breaking the surface
The Great Mother pours into me.

A serpent arises,
I ride her across the threshold
and I am loosed from her coils.

Hands raised in greeting,
palm to palm,
welcomed home once more.

To hunt that which we fear most
and to risk finding that which we seek.

The cycles and tides of time that roll on,
left behind,
are without meaning here.

The ecstatic pain of the infinite,
the power of transformation within a lifetime.
We must die to live,
over, over and over again.

Shape-shifting into our evolution,
leaving behind the borders of limiting lands,
of minds too scared to see
the decimating beauty of who and what we truly are.

To earn the right to hold our power
and to be ready to transform, beyond even this.

The Great Mother emerges
embracing those bold enough to cross the threshold,

I searched for you for so long
and you were here all the time.

Oh Great Mother,
you who are known by a thousand names
and you who are known in a thousand forms,
grant me your blessings
as I arise!

By Gabriel Tamaya


Title: Arising
Media: Mixed media on board
Size: 30″ x 35″
Original Painting: Available (contact me for further enquiries)
Gallery Prints available here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Work in Progress

Thanks to West for inviting me to contribute to this page!

A little about me - I work in acrylic and mixed media, sometimes digital on canvas. I make art because the creating connects me to something greater.   I am inspired by nature and the energy that connects all things. The stories humans hold as true shape the our actions in the world - it is time to change the old story of separation. My work focuses on reconnecting through art to the nature of what truly sustains us.

Today's contribution - another canvas started in the Constellation series, here is one of the multiple canvases in progress.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The East - Revision

After staring at this painting for a while I decided that I needed to work on it more. You can see my initial blog post is here, The East.
The more I looked at it the more I realized I needed to push it further and make it more finished. I think I’m done with it this time.


About West Hardin-Leeth

West’s figurative and landscape works are inspired by dreams, nature, myth and personal shamanic experiences and are an imaginative combination of the symbolic and real. He works in watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. West is a shamanic practitioner and finds inspiration for his work through this practice and nature.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The East and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the premier post of Spirit Way Artists blog. We are a collective of creatives who work with shamanic and spiritual practices to create spiritual and visionary works. I hope you enjoy what we have to share.


I'm working on a series that depicts the directions. East is where the sun rises and new beginnings are made, which feels appropriate to be on the first post for this blog.


7" x 10.5" watercolor on paper. Available. Please send an email with inquiry.
All the best,