What is GbyP  

What is GbyP

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Being an outdoor enthusiast - hunter, fisherman, backpacker, skydiver, motorcycle rider, cyclist, & all around macho guy - delivered the discipline and endurance needed for my life circa 2010.  They called to me in a dream.  And my adventures shifted from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest to my mind and soul - I became Guided By Pandas.

I can hear your mocking: lazy pandas providing guidance??  Pandas are true bear - carnivores with teeth and claws - that have been known to attack man if provoked.  There is much mystery and myth surrounding the relic species Giant Panda.  Chinese Emperors considered them a rare and noble beast.  Some said they had the ability to turn into fierce fighters against evil - monsters of the forest.  A 99% vegetarian carnivore? Perhaps to lull dark predators into complacency and defeat.  Black and white coloring?  Perhaps to be invisible in the transition from light to dark.  Why such deception from cute, lazy fluffballs?

Because myth has basis in reality - Pandas are not as they seem.  My training with them was grueling and pushed me to the brink of sanity.  They taught me to explore deep into my mind; I free-fell through dark chasms of my soul.  They taught me to relentlessly track, overpower, and defeat my fears.

I faced many challenges in that state and I share my interpretations with you through Photoshop and free-style painting.   I've become fascinated with how man owns, confronts, and overcomes fear, especially of unknowns.  Here we typically assign monsters, a primitive response to ensure psychological and physical distance.  While fear is a dominant theme, once known the monsters are usually misunderstood - just living their lives like you, me, and Panda.  So you will also find humor, twisted mundane, and heartbreak too.  Enjoy!

Life is short.  Stop to smell the skunk cabbage, begin a revolution, or just have fun.