I’ve been a graphic designer since 1978 and that profession has been good to me, allowing me to earn a living as a creative. Heck, I even won some awards back when I bothered to enter design contests. I’ve had only three great jobs at three great companies — Isthmus, Fiore Companies, Trachte, Inc. — over the course of my career. I’m more or less “retired” now.
During my career, over the years, I expanded my repertoire to include all things marcomm (marketing communication). That too has been good to me because it has required me to be a lifelong learner, as marketing constantly changes. My philosophy has always been to approach marketing as honest communication rather than sales hype.
In 2009 , after a hiatus of 25+ years, I got out my paints again to return to making what we used to call “fine art” (as opposed to “commercial art,” which is what graphic design was called back in the day).
I couldn’t get the caps off some of the paint tubes.
This site shows some of what I’ve done. I don’t know if it’s “good,” and it doesn’t matter: It’s fun. Often magical! And often mystical as in the art’s intention to represent the energy that we are. I actually like many of the pieces! Some of them I love and can’t part with. Many of them are for sale, so just contact me.
I belong to the Energism Art Movement. This group is “devoted to spreading positive metaphysical energy through our creations, thereby helping humanity reach higher levels of spiritual consciousness.”
Energism artists believe there is an underlying positive spiritual energy that joins all things. By helping our viewers connect with this energy, Energism artists hope to help to raise the consciousness of all humanity.
(Click here to learn the tenets of Energism Art on Facebook.)
“What’s with the name ‘Onga’?” you may ask. “Onga” is the name that my grandson gave me, this before he was talking much. That was about the same time the art was starting to happen again. Well, you don’t have to slap me upside the head…
(ONGA is also the Ohio Nut Growers Association; a brand of residential and farm pumps in Australia; and a brand of seasoning in Nigeria. But I can’t find anything that says it is a “real name. Thanks, Ari!)
I wish to express gratitude to Loved ones. (Not in order of importance.)
To my many friends and clients who support OngaArt with their appreciation, encouragement and their purchases, thank you from Heart.
I really appreciate you, Kuby and Mae, for passing on the creative and Love genes. (Dad, no laziness here…)
Thank you to Adam (I think…maybe…) for poking me down the rabbit hole in the first place.
Much gratitude to Mother Kay, for her encouragement (as it were); her inspiration, power, joy and Love.
Much, much gratitude to Tom for his enduring patience and support.
I’m grateful, Emma and Ari, for the many opportunities to have fun making art together, and for your continued interest in it.
David, your caring work to “accommodate” the energy flow is very much appreciated.
Thank you to Theo for nearly four years of support, wisdom, knowledge, chuckles, and most-appreciated guidance.
Nandhiji— Gratitude. :))))) <3
Click here to go to the archived site which is a pretty extensive catalog of most every piece I’ve made from 2009 to 2016, some of which include stories about how the art happened.
Click here to visit the OngaArt Shop where you’ll find really cool stuff that you can wear and use, all printed with OngaArt.
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