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Spiritual art This month we feature the work of medium and pastel artist Andrew Western from Bristol, UK. Andrew has been aware of Spirit from a young age and entered the Spiritualist religion when he was a teenager. Here he shares some of his amazingly life-like portraits of pioneering Spiritualists from the past.

  

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Psychic News’ founding editor Maurice Barbanell in front of Marcel Poncin’s painting of the spirit guide Silver Birch.

  

Psychic News’ founding editor Maurice Barbanell
in front of Marcel Poncin’s painting of the
spirit guide Silver Birch.
 
For as long as I can remember,  I have always been artistic and had an awareness of Spirit – both amazing gifts to be given.

My father started giving me books to  read on the unexplained in my early teens. This proved to be a major influence in my life. One of the first spiritual books I ever read was Anthony Borgia’s Life In The World Unseen. It had a profound influence on me.

I entered the Spiritualist religion at the age of nineteen – 41 years ago – by attending a Spiritualist church in Bristol.

In my 20s, I started sitting in a development circle. During one circle I was told to try psychic art. This proved to be very successful.

Later on I started to sit for physical mediumship – which I had always felt drawn too – and the psychic art fell by the wayside for a few years.

At the time I felt I wanted to concentrate all my energies on one thing, so physical mediumship it was.

I have been sitting for physical now for about 30 years plus and it has gone from strength to strength.  

In the meantime, my art continued to progress by painting pictures of animals and landscapes.

Famous spiritual healer and author Harry Edwards.    

Famous spiritual healer and author
Harry Edwards.

 

Around ten years ago, I started using pastels and found that I was sensing the subjects with me when I was painting portraits.

It then occurred to me to paint famous healer Harry Edwards, who I had always looked up to. I wanted to paint him in colour, as most of the photographs of him were in black and white.

This was the start of my journey painting some pioneers of Spiritualism.

The next subject was Colin Fry. The reaction to the portrait was so good it surprised me.

When I told people in the Spiritualist movement about my plans to paint the pioneers in colour, thus bringing them to life, they seemed to appreciate it and wanted more.

My next subject was Estelle Roberts. I was amazed how strong her presence was around me. It really made an impression on me and showed me I was on the right path.

Since then I have been encouraged by others in the movement to keep painting more mediums from the past. Many people wanted prints of the mediums I had painted. I have sent prints to Australia, USA and Germany.

The list has also grown to include many present-day mediums – especially physical mediums.

Medium Gordon Higginson was also the President of the Spiritualists’ National Union for 23 years (1970 - 1993) and Principal of the Arthur Findlay College from 1979 to 1993.

Medium Gordon Higginson was also the
President of the Spiritualists’ National Union
for 23 years (1970 - 1993) and Principal of
the Arthur Findlay College from 1979 to 1993.

  

Physical medium Alec Harris.

Physical medium Alec Harris.

 
Scottish physical medium Daniel Dunglas Home is reported to have the ability to levitate to a variety of heights.
  
Scottish physical medium Daniel Dunglas Home is reported
to have the ability to levitate to a variety of heights. 

 
The biggest problem I have had is obtaining good photos of past mediums. This is because some mediums, by their very nature, are very shy individuals and prefer to let their mediumship speak for itself. This means that photographs of them are very limited or not of a good quality.

One thing I have found with Spirit is that if you need help it will always come along at the right time. It was then that I found a photo app that enhances photos and makes them a lot clearer. This enabled me to see the subject’s eyes whereas before I could not. After all, the eyes are the windows of the soul.
 

    
 

You can contact Andrew direct by email at:

andrew.western1961@gmail.com

 
You can see and purchase more of his work at:

https://community.saa.co.uk/artworks/reflections-66/

www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/andrew-western

www.painters-online.co.uk/gallery/andrewgwestern/western/

https://andrew-western-pastel-artist.ueniweb.com/

Facebook: Andrew Western - Pastel Artist

 

I would like to continue to paint more of the pioneers in the future. Certain names have been mentioned to me many times, so they have to be part of my future list of people to do.

I’m honoured that what I’m doing is resonating with people and that the paintings are bringing a lot of pleasure.

It is very important that our pioneers are never forgotten. They are the reason why Spiritualism stands proud today.

 

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Hugely successful British medium Doris Stokes.

Hugely successful British medium Doris Stokes.

  

Medium Estelle Roberts demonstrated to thousands of people at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Medium Estelle Roberts demonstrated to
thousands at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

 

Scottish medium Helen Duncan was the last person to be imprisoned under the Witchcraft Act of 1735 in 1944.

Scottish medium Helen Duncan was the last
person to be imprisoned under the
Witchcraft Act of 1735 in 1944.

  

Welsh physical medium Jack Webber. Healer Harry Edwards wrote a book about Jack’s mediumship.

Welsh physical medium Jack Webber.
Healer Harry Edwards wrote a book
about Jack’s mediumship.

 

One of Margery Crandon’s biggest supporters was Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

One of Margery Crandon’s biggest
supporters was Sherlock Holmes writer
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  

Canadian medium Margery Crandon seen at an evening séance.

Canadian medium Margery Crandon
seen at an evening séance.

 

British medium Colin Fry started a resurgence of interest in Spiritualism in the early 2000s when his popular TV series “6ixth Sense With Colin Fry” brought him to the attention of the public.

British medium Colin Fry started a resurgence of interest in Spiritualism in the early 2000s when his popular TV series “6ixth Sense With Colin Fry” brought him to the attention of the public.

  

British independent direct voice medium Leslie Flint. An archive of his work and recordings can be found at: https://leslieflint.com/ You can also watch interviews with Leslie on YouTube.

British independent direct voice medium Leslie Flint. An archive of his work and recordings can be found at: https://leslieflint.com/
You can also watch interviews with Leslie on YouTube.

 

 

Please do keep your artwork coming so we can display it in the magazine and with our followers on Facebook and Twitter. If we print your work in the magazine you will receive a surprise spiritual book or gift.

Send your art to: Paul Brett, Psychic News, Unit 2, Griggs Business Centre, West Street, Coggeshall, Essex  CO6 1NT, United Kingdom or email to:

pnadverts@gmail.com

 

  

 

 

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