Marian van der Horst choose after her life as a "normal" artist with different kinds of technics, having many exhibitions, an other way of expression: I studied with three masters in tibetan thangka-painting: Andy Weber, Gega lama and Sherab Palden Beru. Gega became my main teacher.
In 1990 my own spiritual teacher asked me to start teaching this spiritual artwork., in holland and in the U.S.A.
Since 1990 I worked for 3 years on a big thangka, the Field of Merrit, size 160 by 120 cm. This thangka is now hanging in our Jewel Heart centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, that is guided by Kyabje Gelek Rinpochee.
Till now I painted about 50 thangka's and together with a friend some big wallpaintings.
I teached till now a lot of students in this kind of painting; especialy in russia there are many very interested students. I visited russia 11 years.
A thangka is a painting on cloth, flexible and because of that one can roll it. one of the meanings of the word f.e. is message. Thangka's can be painted because of a lot of reasons : meditative, medicinal, astrological and as a means to convey some knowledge as stories of buddha's life or that of other great teachers.They can also contain less religious items like lucky symbols. A very impressive type of thangka's are the mandala's: symbolic circles which represent a mystic world or environment of deities.
In the west nowadays there is much interest in buddhism, thangka's and also in drawing and painting them oneself, the painters are not any more only monks but also female laypersons. We will havo to find our own symbolyc means to express the intentions and strength of the Dharma, Buddha's teachings.
Artist, thangka-painter and teacher in drawing and painting of thangka's in the karma gadri-style.