Divine Guidance

DSCF9387b_small.jpgOkay, this image is quite different in appearance than the others. Much digital painting was done on this one, and the light from above was added from another image. But it was revealed in the same way:: Meaning, this, too, is a snapshot of nature (see original photo below) that was mirrored. Can you see the eagle as her neck?

If you scroll down further on this site, there is an artist statement about how these come together and what they mean to me.

Here is original photo:


Tree Spirit 1

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This vision formed from the surface bark of a tree in my yard. He’s tiny (yet not small at all!). There are so many different expressions from the one tree. This was just one of the first that came out from an entire community of others.

These images are coming together in the digital realm. The co-creator players at work are: 1. nature’s intelligence and vast energetic presence 2. my own love, sensibility and perceptive willingness to connect with that presence, and 3. the interactive, intuitive play that happens on a digital platform in which possibilities are expressed.

I am focusing in on a sliver of an area on the bark, and then mirroring that frame in order to complete the visual of the energy being. It feels to me that this tree spirit is ready to sit down and converse on any subject. The meeting has started! I am also sensing the presence of Ganesha (the elephant deity, regarded as the Lord of Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles) on the top of his head. Which is a reminder that if we come from reverence, then power and strength and protection will follow.

(same original photo as “The Royal Jester”)


Shamanic Dreams

DSCF9383_a.jpgThis image is a double exposure (one frame taken twice, but with slight movement) of some brush. It spoke to me of the Shaman. I am in awe of the reverence that a Shamanic healer has for Mother Earth and ancient ceremony and ritual. They can make the natural elements and innate healing properties of Earth’s gifts come alive with the infinite power of respect. This “Shamanic Dreams” image brings in a memory of dancing around a fire with my fellow tribe family resurrecting the sacredness of life through resonant sound. The shaking of a rattle. Waking up to the power of the Creator.

Here is original photo:




I found an interesting log today with some intricate groove markings on it and made this image. To me, it looks like a womb and looks as if a transition is happening. I can also see a being in the center. The gentle curves and circles remind me of the female body. The fiery of the colors reminds me of the intensity of giving birth.

Original photo:


Artist Bio

Hello, I am another version of you!

I was born in Monterey California but grew up in upstate New York. I studied traditional photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Several years were lived in New York City working as an independent Photo-Illustrator for a variety of magazines. A Photo-Retouching career allows me to now live in the Hudson Valley and work remotely with commercial clients and individuals.

I love to connect with nature and take walks in the woods. I love yin yoga and meditation. I love metaphysics. And I love being able to see and feel the light, even when we are sleeping and we think there is dark. (Oh, I love dreams.)

Please contact me if you are interested in collaboration, art showings, or ordering a print.

Email: mel.kim.issa@gmail.com

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Guardian, Of the Physical

DSCF8118c_sm.jpgThis being was revealed and wanted a galactic background with a terrestrial-like body and raw innards enshrouded by light. He wears the hat of a guardian that supports ascension. His wise, confident and ancient stature looks both straight at you and up at the stars at the same time, welcoming your focus to transcend and transmute. His neck is like a yoke, meant to unite the physical with the divine.

This particular coming together of visual elements in this image only exist in this small file that remains of him, and cannot be printed. For he came and left quite quickly and wishes to remain in the ethers. (The file got deleted and I started to re-create him again out of all the original pieces, but then those all disappeared too…) This “Guardian, of the Physical” will not become physical for he serves best as a beacon that is always within the light.

Nature’s Drum


“The world is vast and its vastness is you. Your wildest eternity is here. Claim it as true.” -tree fungi

When Nature gives itself to Art, the Artist hears the call.

Bringing fragments of photographed nature into the computer, to reflect, grid and perceive.

Made material by embedding ink onto metal and brought back to it’s place of inception, so that it may sing it’s song.



Metal print hanging in home:


Original Photo:


The blending of nature and art: