Artist 009- The Heart Temple

 No one else in the world can offer what you have to give. Honour the temple within your own heart, listen to no one else’s opinion but your own. Keep going, when you know and live your Truth it has its own rewards. Remember why you are doing this. Create with love and let it all unfold naturally. Get lost in your work, and you’ll find yourself there too.

– Leah Pirone 

 Leah Pirone- The Heart Temple

Artist

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I came across Leah Pirone and her work at The Heart Temple while on Etsy and knew instantly that I had to include her in the 31 Artists, 31 Days Project. Leah is a Photographer, Painter, Designer and Creator of The Heart Temple, born from a choice to live and work from a heart centred existence. Find out more about the Perth Artist and take a look at some of her purely magical work. To find out more, you can head to her WebsiteFacebookEtsy or Facebook for her book entitled The Love Bug.

 

 

When did the idea for The Heart Temple first come to you?

I have always believed in following your heart, and my greatest joy is to share what I see with the world. A couple of years ago I began seeing love hearts everywhere I went (a phenomena that a friend had been experiencing for years prior), and then one day the name came during a meditation session. The words emerged from the silence and I just knew that The Heart Temple was the perfect name for art that comes straight from my heart. It took a lot of courage to set it up, there is a certain amount of vulnerability that comes with sharing your art. I felt exposed and naked, but also liberated and ultimately free.

 

Your work has a dreamy feel to it; how do dreams influence your work?

I see dreams as a gateway to our divinity, our expansiveness and our higher selves. Dreams are like having your very own cosmic teacher, guiding us to what we need to learn and let go of. I have very profound lucid dreams where anything is possible; flying is natural, skies are magenta, clouds are claret and balloons grow from the ground. For me, painting what I experience in my dreams is paying homage to it; it’s an act of reverence and an ode of gratitude to spirit.

 

 

The website says The Heart Temple is experimental and always evolving. Does this make for more exciting work?

Absolutely! As human beings we are always changing and evolving, physically, mentally and spiritually. Humanity as a group is also continually evolving. Advances in science, psychology, music and all the great arts are always happening. Art is an extension of the artist, it contains facets of our soul, so its only natural that art be free of constraints, self imposed or otherwise. Milton Glaser, graphic designer of the I ♥ NY logo once said, “To have a style is to be trapped”. I cannot agree more.

 

What is your favourite fine art series that you have created and why?

Opening your Heart series, because they carry the most potency and love. For years I have struggled with self worth and because of meditation, yoga, and transformative healings with my friend Dr Shalom Drimer, I have been able to transcend and transmute a lot of that energy into the love for myself and love for the world.

 

 

You are a photographer, fine artist, and graphic designer who’s even illustrated a children’s book! Do you have a favourite field of work or love the variety of working across different mediums?

I love them all but painting was my first love. More than anything I have to create, it is something I must do. And the only reason I do this is because I love it, I love it more than anything else in the world. The act of putting beauty back into the world is what motivates me and I don’t like to feel boxed in to one genre; we are naturally free creatures full of endless potential, creativity and light, so why would anyone want to constrain what needs to be free?

 

Out of all the photographs you have taken, what is the one that resonates the strongest with you?

Hard one! But I think it would have to be the Magical Oak Tree (see feature photo). Trees are such wonderful teachers. This particular photograph speaks volumes about uniting both sides of who we are. We all contain good and not so good parts, it’s about not denying either and continuing to reach for the sun.

 

Do you have a preference for commercial, landscape & travel photography or portrait photography?

I do love portraiture, but I love nature more. I see so much beauty in the natural world, and we are blessed daily with incredible sunsets and breathtaking landscapes the world over. Mother Nature is the greatest creator by far, so I see my landscape and travel photography as a co-creation with her. It is an act of honouring the heart in all things.

 

Portrait by Leah Pirone

 

You feature many thoughtful quotes with your photographs. How do these inspire the way you live your life and run your creative shop?

Many of the quotes I use come at the perfect moment, just when I need to hear it most. As much as The Heart Temple is about my personal evolution, my place in the world and how I interact with it, it’s more about my interaction with the viewer. It is my hope that from my story others can feel inspired and open up to the wonder that exists all around. I’m very excited to be publishing a book next year with all my favourite quotes and photographs from around the world too!

 

 

Your original photography for sale on your ETSY shop features places from all around the world. Where is the most idyllic place you have been that brought out your best art?

I would have to say the ocean shore in every country that has one! The beach beckons me most often, especially at dusk. I walk everyday in nature, but sunsets by the sea are the most beautiful of all. People the world over flock to watch the sun come full circle, and I am merely one of those who admires the ever changing colours on the canvas that is the sky.

 

 

 Is there a special place that you go when you are looking for some creative inspiration?

Inspiration comes from so many different areas for me, everything from music, to old trees in nature, a wise quote from a facebook friend to a podcast from Adyashanti, or an audiobook from a Sufi mystic. Wherever there is gratitude there is inspiration, and what resonates with me one day will change the next. But if there were one painting that inspires me most it would have to be Sandro Botticelli’s La Primaver. There is nothing more exquisitely beautiful and graceful than that timeless, transcendent work of art.

 

Parts of the proceeds from your sales go to the Keep Australia Beautiful charity. What does nature mean for you and your work?

Without preservation of the natural world all living things are misaligned. The things that bring so much beauty and balance to our lives are being carelessly stripped and abused for the almighty dollar, and the quality of life decreases for animals and humans alike. We are the sole custodians of this planet, and we can be a voice for a thriving, harmonious co-existence with all living things if we chose to. I choose to.

 

What advice would you give to creative people just starting out?

No one else in the world can offer what you have to give. Honour the temple within your own heart, listen to no one else’s opinion but your own. Keep going, when you know and live your Truth it has its own rewards. Remember why you are doing this. Create with love and let it all unfold naturally. Get lost in your work, and you’ll find yourself there too.

 

 

 Leah Pirone- The Heart Temple

Artist

Website    Facebook    Etsy    Facebook for The Love Bug

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