On an elementary school field trip, artist Jeff Lavinsky had an “a-ha!” moment when he saw Wyland’s mural at the Long Beach Convention Center. The artist’s colorful representation of the beauty of marine life left Jeff in awe.
When Jeff realized that he could do that as a career, he knew he wanted to pursue art. Since then, he’s been merging a passion for art and a deeply-rooted sense of spirituality to create his unique paintings.
“Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that my goal in life is to reach Enlightenment,” said Jeff. His spirituality plays out often onto the canvas, including his most recent series of paintings which merge portraits of animals and mandalas to show how one can transcend the ego and recognize one’s true animal nature.
Jeff has been a Laguna local for six years, taking much of his inspiration from the art community around him.
“There’s this energy of consciousness of art in this area,” said Jeff. “As a kid, I used to love going through the galleries in town. It’s a dream come true for me to be able to make art here.”
Jeff’s paintings will be featured in his first exhibition at the summer Sawdust Art Festival, though Jeff exhibited at the Sawdust Winter Fantasy 2014.
“It was such a good experience,” said Jeff. “The community is just so positive and there are so many artists to take inspiration from. It feels like summer camp, and the people are just so friendly and open. I’m so grateful to have this experience.”