Robert Spellman is a professional visual artist and meditation teacher. Since 1993 he has been teaching painting, drawing and watercolor both privately and at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he is a associate professor in both the visual arts and religious studies departments. Teaching requires repeated examination of his life as an artist. This has been edifying: a greater sense of purpose is emerging. In 1996 painter Joan Anderson and Robert co-founded Mountain Water, an artists’ retreat in rural southern Colorado where they continue to explore the interface of artistic disciplines and meditation. The artistic forms that evolve over centuries contain the wisdom of a culture. When these essential forms are learned and embodied, their infinite reconfiguration provides up-to-date richness, clarity and guidance for oneself and others on the most profound levels.