Faith Stone

My love of art was immense!

“I first met thangka painting in New York City in the 70’s while sitting in the antique store of a meditation teacher named Rudi. While I was drawing his portrait he was talking about the beauty of Tibetan scroll paintings, thangkas. As he spoke I felt a stirring, an awakening in my consciousness. I knew that somehow thangkas were very important to me, and I felt a responsibility to help save this art form. 

At the time I was a young art student. My love of art was immense, but I often struggled with what subject to paint. It was years later in Boulder, Colorado that I saw an offering for a class in thangka painting at Naropa University. I knew that I had found my art. I felt that I was born to paint Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It was a profound understanding.

I have a traditional art background and also have specialized in thangka painting. I began my studies in 1987 with 3 years under Sanje Elliot at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and took classes with Cynthia Moku as well. Since then, I have been under the guidance of HH Drikung Kagyu Chetsang Rinpoche and have also painted for and received guidance from Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal and his late brother, Khen Rinpoche.  I have been painting thangkas and drawing Buddhas for over 25 years.  

For the past 5 years, I have been researching and carving Buddha woodblocks. This is now my primary discipline.”

Faith is one of the few people in the world still making Buddha woodblocks. Woodblocks have become a dying art but her mission is to revitalize the tradition. It still exists in Nepal but almost exclusively as prayer flags.

Faith Stone approaches carving and painting Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as a meditative sadhana.

“I love all things creative but I love painting Buddhas and Dakinis the most.  I now spend most of my time carving Thangka woodblocks of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. I believe the real joy of carving and painting Buddhas and Dakinis is creating the space and environment for the deity to reside. The idea is that once the painting is completed, the deity moves in. The painting no longer belongs to the artist. It is the home of a Buddha. What an incredible and wonderful thing to do – help manifest Buddhas and Dakinis.”

Faith has authored the ebook “Drawing Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,” featured at Dakini As Art.