George Herrick Lasua, Artist, Life Coach
I paint under the name of my paternal lineage, Lasua (pron. Lash-oo-way), as a way of honoring a lost part of my ancestry. I have been making art since childhood, and although I have no formal art training, I continually study and experiment with new techniques, styles and media. I derive artistic inspiration from my “inner landscape,” classical mythology, spiritual symbology, and from the myths and legends of indigenous peoples around the world for whom art, nature and spirituality are interwoven. Thus, my painting is an expression of my perspectives on spirit, nature, mythologies of various cultures, and the energy I sense flowing through and around all things. My work offers mysterious figures and “snapshots” of nature in imaginative, abstract fields, creating an opportunity for the viewer to create his or her own story from the image. The moods, visions and symbols I paint are often reflective of my dreams and experiences since being initiated in Quechan and Incan shamanism in the Peruvian Amazon and the Bolivian Andes. The colors, textures and shadows of life give life its power, beauty and depth of meaning. I try to reflect that in my art. Arts Critic Steve Starger wrote, “(Lasua’s) art is bold . . . grounded and holistic, with the ability to transform the viewer who gives himself over to it.”
I hope my art helps the viewer to evoke his or her own story from the image and find an element of healing or transformation in the process. The moods, visions and symbols I paint are often reflective of my dreams and experiences since being initiated in Incan shamanism in the Peruvian Amazon and the Bolivian Andes. Life’s colors, textures and shadows give life its power, beauty and depth of meaning – I try to reflect that in my painting.
I have exhibited at numerous notable venues, among them The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Tucson Museum of Art, Mohegan Sun, Lesley University, and The National Institute of Art in Taipei, Taiwan. My art hangs in many private and corporate collections, such as Hartford Hospital, Foxwoods Casino, Anderson Productions, and Hartford Family Intstitute. I have been carried by galleries around the country, and was featured on the PBS special about the Global Art Project and in the G.A.P. 2006 and 2010 calendars.
Since my life’s mission is about creativity, I feel a link between the creation of art and the creation of a life of meaning for oneself. Thus, my second job as a life coach and recovery coach is dedicated to helping people create and achieve their life’s aspirations, to be the “artists” of their own lives.