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Visionary Artist Creates for an Awakening of Consciousness

By Michael Diamond

 

To call visionary artist Bill Brouard “prolific” would be an understatement of the highest magnitude. For the past five years, he has been almost compulsively creating and producing a vast portfolio of over 5,000 beautiful spiritual images which he publishes through his Facebook Fan Page, “Visual Alchemy, where he currently has over 142,000 followers. The subject matter of his colorful art is diverse, although sacred geometry is an element often found in his work. This is not surprising considering its role in Life, as we know it. To quote Plato: “Geometry existed before the creation.” In Bill’s art, this often takes the form of mandalas and other geometric forms. However, his extensive portfolio also includes pictures related to various world religions and spirituality, nature, abstract images, and even inspirational music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, John Lennon, and more. His artwork leans towards the metaphysical and cosmic dimensions of life and can be quite psychedelic.

Bill would prefer not to categorize his artwork due to the limitations inherent in giving something a “label.” In his words: “I create my artwork for the sole purpose of helping the awakening of consciousness. I never cared for being too precious about anything, so a sense of humor is often present. I am frequently surprised and delighted by what appears on the screen, as I go into sort of guided meditation and work totally intuitively. My greatest feeling is that beauty can be used as a means of accessing the divine. I believe that we are all one and that we deserve to see the beauty in ourselves, and each other. We are all spiritual beings trying to understand and grow through the human experience and we each have unlimited potential for creativity and personal expression. Hearing personal stories of how my work has assisted others in their healing journey; including chronic pain management and the addressing of some forms of post traumatic stress by the use of my art as a meditative tool; totally validates my commitment to helping to make a positive difference to the lives of others.”

The Beatles sang about a “long and winding road,” that perfectly describes the path visionary artist Bill Brouard has taken to where he is now. Bill was born on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius where he enjoyed a blissfully happy childhood with his parents and five siblings before moving to London in 1973 at the age of 17. Completing an art foundation course in 1974 at Winchester Art College, Hampshire, Bill spent two years studying within the fine art department at Newcastle Polytechnic where he subsequently completed his studies within creative and performing arts drama; majoring in dance.

However, as time went on, the demands of being married with a family of three children to support, forced him to put his creative passions on hold over the next few years. After a succession of demanding jobs within the catering industry, Bill decided to retrain as a computer engineer. He finally began to pursue his creativity in earnest in 2008 following the sad loss of his eldest son Tristan at the age of 28, as a result of complications of multiple sclerosis. To help cope with the grieving process, Bill initially began to express the pain of his loss through the creation of a series of poetry which he published online. Having previously been introduced to the rudiments of Photoshop, he turned his attentions to the creation of inspirational digital artwork. His work became a healing journey as he began to experience a soul connection through the writing process and the crafting of his art.

The future is looking very bright for Bill. His work has been featured on CD covers, websites, blogs, clothing and You Tube videos combined with inspirational music. On a personal note, when I first saw Bill’s artwork on his Facebook page, I knew immediately that I wanted to use it for the cover and music video of my upcoming CD collaboration with Steven Halpern and bassist Michael Manring. Bill will be showing his work throughout the UK this autumn and would like to commence a worldwide exhibition tour starting in LA early next year.

 For more information on Bill Brouard’s artwork, visit: Facebook fan page & gallery: www.facebook.com/pages/Visual-Alchemy/30720123841 (or just visit facebook and type in: Visual Alchemy) For Youtube music videos: www.youtube.com/user/MrBillBrouard

Michael Diamond is a music producer, recording artist, and music journalist in the San Francisco Bay area with over 30 years of experience writing for nationally-published magazines and more recently worldwide on the internet. He currently has five CD’s including two with new-age music pioneer Steven Halpern. For additional reviews of CD’s, DVD’s, and more, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com