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Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers

This is a close up of the Krishna panel on the ceiling.  See how magnificent the shocking pink scarf, the gold halo and the jewelry look on this Krishna painting in the New Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida.

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Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers

This final photo showing the way the ceiling looks with all of the above paintings as a whole. It shows only a small image of what it is actually like to stand underneath this wonderful ceiling mural of Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida. You cannot get the perspective of the immense size of this 1600 square foot ceiling mural until you are in the Temple, looking up and it takes you so long to move your eyes around to take in all of its beauty. What an amazing feat I have created in 8 months time including all the research and actual painting. I just hope that in the years to come, I have made everyone as happy looking at my artwork, as everyone has made me. I want to thank everyone from the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida who have helped me when I had questions, laughed with me as I encountered some Aha moments along the way and cried with me as some panels were more emotional to paint than others. Thank you all.

But most of all, a special thanks goes out to Shan and Vyoma Nair, who were the ones who asked me to do this project, as their gift to the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida.  I was honored they chose me and hope that my artwork has been the extension of love they intended for this wonderful Temple.  I have had the pleasure of spending a year with you both, in 2003, creating artwork on many ceilings in your own home, which led up to this project.  Thank you for the confidence you have shown in my abilities to create this once in a lifetime piece of artwork.  You both truly hold a special place in my heart.

I also want to thank Ron of Rons Painting of Fort Myers, FL for helping me at the very beginning paint the background color grid and getting all those lines chalked. Then my Son Carey Foley, for his help on some the gold leafing designs. I love you so very much, son and enjoyed your company at the end of the mural and appreciated having someone to talk to while up there. Carey and I had names for our electric lifts. Mine, being very noisy and larger I called Godzilla. His was a little smaller, but still having a grinding sound we named Godzooki, which in the old movies was Gozillas son. Very appropriately named.

Now that you have seen the finished product, scroll down to view the process from beginning to end.

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Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers

Phase one of the Temple Ceiling 

The mural project for the Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida was started in August of 2009. I was commissioned to paint a 1600 square foot ceiling that consists of several different designs within the rectangle ceiling parameter.  There is a section for Hari Krishna, 10 other Deities of the Descent of Divinity, Ganesha, a flower garden of the Valley of Flowers in Northern India, considered one of the 7 wonders of India and a peacock scene.  It has been finished off with gold and silver leafing and some inlaid semi precious stones which have already been brought back from India, especially for this painting.  This is my biggest project to date and I am humbled by the commission and honored to have been chosen.  Below, you can see the entire ceiling, describing each panel. The entire project took almost a year to complete from research to actual painting.

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Ganesha
in Fort Myers

  in Fort Myers

This panel is the first one I did and it shows Ganesha. He is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of New Beginnings.  I had a wonderful time on this panel and have painted the black pillars in the background to resemble the black granite 16 ft. statue of Ganesh which will stand just beyond this painting.

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Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers


Second Panel in Fort Myers

This Hindu mural painting panel is a painting of the Valley Of Flowers in Northeast India.  This is a magical place of thousands of wildflowers growing all summer long.  It sits in the Himalayas at about elevation 11,500 ft. and many people each year make the trek to this place of beautiful color and beauty.  There are several guides who will take you there if you need their help.  It is has been made into a National park and is open to all.  The eagle was placed in this painting to bring the two countries of the United States and India together.  Bald eagles are all over India too and loved and revered by its citizens.

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Peacock Landscape in Fort Myers

I chose to do this Hindu mural painting panel with two different poses showing the peacocks feathers.  The background is of the Himalayas in India.  Peacocks are revered by most from India and show up in artwork from paintings, cloth, and architecture.  No two peacock feathers are the same and vary in color with the way light hits them.  They show up in artwork from the greenest of greens in the feathers to pink iridescent and golden highlights.

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Matsya in Fort Myers

Matsya is the first Avatar in the line of the 10 deities of the Descent of Divinity in Hindu religion.  Krishna has taken the form of the fish. 

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Kurma in Fort Myers

Second Avarar in the Descent of Divinity, Kurma takes on the form of the turtle.

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Varaha in Fort Myers

Third Avatar in the Descent of Divinity, Varaha is in the form of the boar and rescued the earth from the bottom of the cosmic ocean and restored it to the heavens.

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Narasimha in Fort Myers

Fourth Avatar in the Descent of Divinity, Narasimha is known as the ‘Great Protector’.  He is half lion and half man with a lion’s head and claws and a man’s body.  He is one of the most worshiped of the Avatars in India.

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Vamana in Fort Myers

The fifth Avatar of the Descent of Divinity is in the form of a dwarf. Vamana teaches us that arrogance and pride should be abandoned if any advancement in life is to be made and that wealth should never be taken for granted since it can so easily be taken away.

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Parasurama in Fort Myers

Being the Sixth Avatar of the Descent of Divinity, this hindu temple painting panel shows Parasurama wielding an ax which he used to fight back the ocean in the coastal area of Kerala state along with the Konkan region. The purpose of the sixth incarnation of Vishnu is considered by religious scholars to be to relieve the Earth's burden by exterminating the sinful, destructive and irreligious monarchs that pillaged its resources, and neglected their duties as kings.

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Rama in Fort Myers

Number Seven Avatar in the Descent of Divinity, Rama is revered all over as literally the Perfect Man or Lord of Self-Control or Lord of Virtue. Rama is the husband of Sita, whom Hindus consider to be an avatar of Lakshmi and the embodiment of perfect womanhood.

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Balarama in Fort Myers

He is the Eight Avatar of the Descent of Divinity. Balarama (?????, Balarama), also known as Baladeva, Baldau, Balabhadra and Halayudha, is the elder brother of the divine being, Krishna in Hinduism.

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Buddha in Fort Myers

Is the Ninth Avatar of the Descent of Divinity. Buddha means the enlightened one. In Theravada Buddhist traditions, it is held that the person attains this state on their own, without a teacher to point out the Dharma, in a time when the teachings on the Four Noble Truths or the Eightfold Path do not exist in the world, and teaches it to others.

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Kalki in Fort Myers

Finally, the Tenth Avatar of the Descent of Divinity is described as follows. The name Kalki is sometimes a metaphor for eternity or time. The origins of the name probably lie in the Sanskrit word "kalka" which refers to dirt, filth, or foulness and hence denotes the "destroyer of foulness," "destroyer of confusion," "destroyer of darkness," or "annihilator of ignorance." Other similar and divergent interpretations based on varying etymological derivations from Sanskrit - including one simply meaning "White Horse" - have been made.

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Krishna in Fort Myers

This Krishna mural painting was the last thing completed on the ceiling. It measures 13 ft. wide by 8 ft. high. It has been painted with a simple background so that the figure of Krishna stands out as the main focus of the scene. Krishna is painted with the most vivid colors of shocking pink, vibrant yellow and gold leafing. This Krishna painting is magnificent standing above all others on this ceiling mural with a most peaceful and warm expression. Krishna is worshipped in various perspectives as a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being.

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Diwali Festival of Lights in Fort Myers

San at the Diwali Festival of Lights, Atlanta, Georgia area, 2009. While Diwali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light". This is the biggest festival in North India and is mostly celebrated in the regions of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh. Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendant reality. With the realization of the Atman comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (inner joy or peace).

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple in Fort Myers

San standing outside the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple, Atlanta, GA. I had the pleasure of taking a visit to Atlanta in October of 2009 to see this wonderful BAPS Temple. I was there for several hours for the architecture was unlike anything else I had ever seen. I was the first to arrive at the gates in the morning and the stillness and beauty of the morning air gave way to the drive up and seeing the outside of the building for the first time. It is quite striking, The Mandir is comprised of 3 types of stone (Turkish Limestone, Italian marble, and Indian pink sandstone). More than 34,000 individual pieces were carved by hand in India, shipped to the USA and assembled in Lilburn like a giant 3-D puzzle, taking 17 months to assemble in Atlanta. I talked to many people around, from priests to the guards who monitor the building and grounds. What a wonderful experience. If you ever get a chance to go to Atlanta, you must make a stop here.

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SWAMI PRATYAGBODHANANDA in Fort Myers

SWAMI PRATYAGBODHANANDA, I had the pleasure of being able to hear the Swami speak at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, in June of 2010. His words of wisdom, along with a great sense of humor, made his talk quite enjoyable. I had a nice time meeting many from this Temple, being welcomed in the most warm manner. There is a new phase of construction going up here for a new Grand Temple and I would love to do some artwork for them also.

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Please contact San at 239-269-5733 or her contact form

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