Art has the capacity to illuminate the transcendent aspects of human existence through beauty and to expand the otherwise limited perceptions of the mundane world. In a ceaseless quest to reveal hidden truths, my art weaves a metaphorical tapestry of symbol, myth and archetype into a narrative of the primordial soul. Painting is a form of meditation, a contemplation of the harmony inherent in nature and an expression of my reverence for the Living Universe.

For inspiration, we look to the beauty of the natural world in its infinitely subtle and intricate patterns. Forms in nature become syllables in a secret language of consciousness at every scale. Art emerges from this diversity of phenomenal life forms. The responsibility of the modern artist is to look inward, then forward, and then inward again. If one’s art is to fulfill an ongoing renaissance in this vast cosmology, its presence must deliver a vision that continues to inspire personal and cultural evolution. An emerging Visionary Art movement is building authentic bridges to a brilliant future with the determination to envision possibilities.

Aloria Weaver & David Heskin Mushroom Cafe mural. Photo @digenger

Beginning their mural collaboration in 2014, David & Aloria took on a vision large enough to integrate with the many murals in the room. With Amanda Sage, they developed a layout of three wall segments that included a mycelial landscape into a mushroom-laden path toward an inner world. The mural is replete with a strangely familiar blue caterpillar and fungi-temple structures, encompassed by a spectral re-visioning of charismatic mushroom clouds, representing beings and benevolent spirits that support CoSM, including the founding visionaries, the staff, volunteers and art pilgrims. The path through the mushroom forest symbolizes the soul’s journey of awakening, through suffering to liberation and gnosis.

Aloria Weaver painting Mushroom Cafe mural. Photo @jonohia
David Heskin painting Mushroom Cafe mural. Photo @jonohia

Since 2006, Aloria Weaver and David Heskin have been collaborative art and life partners. Exhibiting, teaching and lecturing, they share their vision and insight with international visionary art networks. Aloria and David offer their unique brand of symbiotic art instruction at CoSM every year since 2014. Their offering is a synthesis of shared passion for oil & egg tempera painting, sacred geometry and contextualizing art through the mythic lens of Symbolism.

David Heskin & Aloria Weaver. Photo @jonohia

Aloria Weaver and David Heskin teach an art class at CoSM every year. See more of their work at