I know this not just by the images displayed by Amy, but from first hand experience of Gary’s art. I commissioned a phrase.
I’d like an original of the following phrase:
Hobo Kore Dojo
The phrase is Japanese and basically translates as follows…
“Hobo Kore” is a little difficult to translate. Roughly, it means “this place where you are at” or “where ever you are.”
“Dojo” is a place of learning, community and personal commitment. While it is often thought of as a physical place, such as a school or a monastery, the deeper meaning is that of a space without walls and alive.
So the entire phrase comes to mean “each moment in life is your school” or “each step you take in life has a lesson.” I first encountered this phrase when I began Aikido (a martial art) training. The school’s founder and chief instructor is a Japanese immigrant and had carved this phrase in Japanese calligraphy on a large piece of wood and hung it over the dojo entrance. The phrase has helped me keep a healthy perspective on life ever since.
As far as colors, I suppose I’d like blues and greens with a slight touch of red.
I was told Gary was inspired by the story behind the phrase and that an awesome piece was in the works. And so it is. Truly awesome.
|Hobo Kore Dojo|
Many thanks to Amy Alkon for shining the light and to Scotty Todd for brokering the deal on Gary’s behalf. I am a proud owner of a Gary Musselman original work of art. But the true original is Gary himself. The inspiration of his story absolutely radiates out of his art.