Star Cluster

“With Our Thoughts
We Make the World”


The 6 Directions of Healing

Embracing the Power of the Natural World
through Art


Welcome to my Temple

I am drawn to nature whether it be oceans, forests, or wildlands, I have always felt a deep sense of calm and belonging when I sit still in nature.  After years of Dharma practice, including long walks in the forests surrounding The Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California, I realized my palace of refuge lives inside of me. The entrance is just down a sandy path to a beach or along a rivers edge. If you listen to the the Banyan trees, you can hear the heartbeat of their network.

Maria Schechter, MMS, 
Onsite installation, The Whirling Dervishes, Santa Cruz, Ca 2021.



These vacant shells were once homes to sea creatures. Either grown into or borrowed for a day or two, these shells and many other forms found in nature find new homes and narratives in my work - MMS

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Significance of Sea Shells in Cultures

Since the ancestors of the Australian aboriginal people crossed what are now the Timor and Arafura Seas to reach Australia about 40,000 years ago the ocean has participated in the development of human society (Lourandos, 1997). Unsurprisingly, human interaction with the ocean over this long period profoundly influenced the development of culture. Within culture, it is convenient to include the other elements – aesthetic, religious, and spiritual – that are regarded as aspects of the nonphysical ecosystem services that humans derive from the environment around them. This does not decry the difference between all these aspects, but rather defines a convenient umbrella term to encompass them all. On this basis, I investigate the present-day implications of the interactions between human culture and the ocean, which is under siege as cultural products, cultural practices, and cultural influences continue to mine our oceans.

Maria Schechter, MMS, 
Mobius Loop, 7x7in., shells, gold leaf, resin and ink, 2021.

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Creating Oceanic Art

Feeling inspired by the ocean is how I visually articulate what I see and feel about each object. I do not wish to take things from the ocean but rather recycle, reuse and renew these sacred objects that find their way me.

Maria Schechter, MMS, 
The Blue Pearl, 7x4in., pearls, conch shell, precious stones, blue inks, wood and resin, 2021.

The West Side, Santa Cruz, CA 2015


“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Maunakea, Hawaii, 2010


T6DH, The artist life is the practice.

East Asia 2010-2011 & 2013

West Side of Santa Cruz, California
Self portrait, 2021
Winter Solstice 2011
Rain halo
West Side of Santa Cruz, California
My wedding day
Winter Solstice Celebration
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