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Finding the silence in Southwestern art
by Carol de Giere

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22 August 2012

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Artist William Acheff developed a unique style reminiscent of the seventeenth-century Dutch still life painters, while using Southwestern Native American objects as his subject matter. His work has been honored twice with the Prix de West award and is featured in galleries, exhibitions, and in the permanent collection of the Autry National Center of the American West.

Acheff's paintings are not only accomplished in terms of the skill he brings to them but also seem infused with an extraordinary stillness. That stillness is something he experiences through his Transcendental Meditation (TM) practice. After learning in 1973, he says, ''I knew my life was going to get better from that point on.''

Not only did the TM practice enhance his personal life, it changed his art as well. He says, ''This dealer I was selling to in LA said, 'Man, your colors are something! Your colors have changed.' I was using a more brilliant color palette, and he noticed it. He also said, 'Your personality is different. You're happier.' I said, 'It's this meditation!' I got a lot of people to start TM.''

Acheff recalls one time when someone was observing him paint: ''He said, 'You were so calm and so peaceful.' He wanted to know what that was. I said, 'I started TM.' ''

When the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi program came out in the late 1970s, Acheff was among the first to learn. And this practice, too, has contributed to his work.

His primary creative strategy is to alternate meditation with activity. He says, ''The unified field, or silence, permeates everything. If you're bathed in that, you come out with it in activity. If you're painting, that unity is going to be expressed in that painting.''

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