Breathing since 1975
Self portrait from 1994
Originally from the UK Harvey Rayner now resides in near Rochester, New York with his wife and two daughters. Harvey has been creating art using digital tools and geometric methods since the mid 90s. “I seem predisposed to constantly seek out and explore new modes of creativity. Making art however, seems to have always been my default creative discipline, retreat and habit.”
In recent years Harvey has also worked as a web developer creating patterncooler.com, which has grown to become a popular pattern design resource. In 2011 Harvey designed the Moonleap meditation cushion and together with his wife built a small company manufacturing and selling this product around the world. Harvey is also an accomplished DIYer with a keen interest in green building technologies. In 2008 Harvey designed and built the first greenhouse structure utilizing dynamic liquid bubble insulation in Europe. He is an avid rock climber, enjoys walking and cooking and has maintained a daily Zen meditation practice for 20 years. “This simple and peaceful practice helps me return to an unmoving center from which creativity arises, without struggle, as a natural expression of life.”
“A flight from the unknown to the unknown” - Rumi
Life can also be like making art when we are not afraid to trust life completely and say YES to the unknown. When I was twenty-two I spent six months hitchhiking and riding freight trains around the USA without any money. I had to rely on my intuition to find food from dumpsters and slept rough on the streets and under bridges. I never feared for my safety yet never knew where I would end up at the end of the day. It's the same process in making art. When we carry around with us too many fixed ideas about where we have been and where we are heading, both life and art can become a heavy burden.
Whilst living by a beautiful remote stretch of the Suffolk coast in England, I enjoyed searching for interesting rocks that became exposed in the cliffs as they were errored by the sea. My mind was always open to the possibility of finding something remarkable, yet I simply enjoyed the process whether I found something or not. When walking along the beach with a sense of wonder and awe one day I was drawn to a small white rock sticking out of the sand. As I dug around, deeper and deeper to extricate it, I realized I had found a rare and beautiful Paramoudra. Having subsequently researched this type of fragile flint formation I’ve become increasingly convinced of the rarity of such an example.
For me these two examples are of life as art. The process of discovery is the same as when I am in the process of creating art. Somehow, I do not feel the works on this site are created by me, but somehow, through a willingness to investigate the unknown, they have appeared to me in my life - where they came from I have no idea.
There is a Tibetan Buddhist saying - “Humans too readily believe what is easy to believe and too readily disbelieve what is not easy to believe”.
Harvey with favorite wig 2015