Richard Kirsten Daiensai: Seattle artist, painter, printmaker, sculptor, and Zen Buddhist priest. Daiensai has spent several months each year for the past 49 years wandering through Japan and Korea. All his paintings and prints are done in the quiet and solitude of these retreats, thus creating art that reflects the divine energy that exists in all things. Often, the spiritual quality of his work is tempered with a sense of cosmic joy and warm humor.
A flute, without a hole, makes no music
Be happy, while awaiting, happiness
The divine comedy of being
Let us merge, into the heartbeat, of all things
All paths, come, from the void, and, return to the void
"I was once asked why I don't participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I'll be there."
-- Mother Theresa
Keeping with the mood, Lucca's Statuary molds everything - gnomes, Virgin Marys, fountains, urns, frogs, and everything else you might expect in a 20,000 square foot menagerie, but what I really liked was the Buddha factory.