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Artist / Personal Statement
The primal mark.
My work reflects an investigation into what it means to make marks on a surface. The immediacy of mark making is therapeutic and healing. Making marks is about breaking through the noise of life to unearth the conversation beneath.
The surfaces of my paintings and drawings are built with layers of color and texture, and accented with bold marks. These marks seem to reach back in time to early mark-making. The marks make reference to the nature around me and also incorporate archetypal symbols with motifs such as running spirals and concentric circles found in sacred geometry. The works are meant to inspire and connect the viewer to the essence of life, the spirit around them.
My work is accessed not through intellect, but through the heart or subconscious mind, what Carl Jung referred to as the collective unconscious.
He received his BFA Graphic Design/Painting, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. TJ is currently obtaining his MA in Counseling Psychology at Eastern University.
TJ takes a psychodynamic approach in therapy settings.
Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior.
TJ is the President of the board at SUDA (Stand up. Demand action.) SUDA is a grassroots advocacy organization that fights to protect quality public education through the political budgetary process and by enabling communities to stay involved in their local school districts.
He is Chair of Student Engagement for the Alumni Council at The University of the Arts; with a focus on mentoring current students and to engage the school's alumni to maintain a connection to the university community.
TJ's work as a painter has garnered acclaim at home in the Philadelphia region as well as across the country and overseas. He has a very active painting studio in Media-Aston, PA.
Walsh has written on the topics of art, culture, faith & the intersection of all three. His work has been exhibited and published internationally.