An interview with David Rankine

Love colouring? Want to learn how to create your own, intricate artworks for colouring? Adventure of the Mandala is the workshop for you, and David Rankine is just the one to lead it. Only $40, it's become the go-to course for time spent with a friend. Don't miss out on this special opportunity...  April 30, 2016!

Elizabeth's Art Gallery: You were born to Scottish parents in a suburb of Toronto. How did this impact your artistic upbringing?

David Rankine: My folks are from Scotland. At age 12 I started playing the bagpipes. I played a lot of bagpipes - in competition, performance and for dance competitions. At this point I was in art school at York U and started to see a connection between the music I was playing and the images I was interested in creating based on early medieval Celtic art. It was less of a cultural connection and more of a connection between rhythm, tempo, melody and image. I started to also see how the same connections are a very human experience. Pattern and structure in sound and pattern and structure in image are closely connected.

E: Your webpage opens with the words, "Welcome to the Healing Journey". What is this journey you're inviting us to? What is it about your art that can facilitate healing?

DR: Healing journey. Hmm... after quite a few years of creating art in my very distinctive style, I started to see how my art was reflecting my inner landscape. I started to experiment with purposely creating art as a way of altering and healing that inner landscape. This led me to explore mandalas and sacred art and their use therapeutic tools. In turn, this led to me developing my skills as an energy healer. My art, music and healing are all now part of the same expression whose central theme is "sacredness through creativity". When we create, we heal. When we co-create, we heal even faster; and in the end it is all about relationships -- with ourselves and with others.

E: The mandala is an Indian symbol of the universe; your colouring books are Celtic-themed. You'll be leading a mandala workshop at the Gallery on April 30 -- what might participants expect of their time spent with you?

DR: Some of my work is Celtic-themed, but only in the detailing of the mandalas. The geometric structure (which is what i teach) is the same as Hindu and Buddhist mandalas and, in fact, the same as mandalas found in other traditions of sacred art across the world. I teach participants how to create sacred space using geometry and harmonious ratios. The detailing of the individual mandala is up to each participant and will reflect their personality/expression. Sounds deep -- and it is; but above all, it is magical and fun.

David Rankine at work.

David Rankine at work.