Heussenstamm grew up in a home filled with art and books. Conversations about spirituality engaged his family and their guests, including Sufi master Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and health guru Gypsy Boots. Both of Heussenstamm’s parents were artists; his mother taught art, and his father delved into meditation and Eastern religion. Heussenstamm was destined for a creative, spiritual life.
A surfer since the age of twelve, Heussenstamm became a successful businessman and owner of Newport Surf & Sport, a fixture of the California surfing scene. In his midthirties he began to paint. When he painted his first mandala, he knew he had found his life path. Mandalas are mystical symbols, typically circular and geometric in form, and represent wholeness or unified energy. They have played a role in Eastern spiritual development for centuries and are widely favored as meditational focal points because of their balancing and calming effects.
So that others may uncover their own spiritual paths through art, Heussenstamm regularly leads workshops around the world and at his Laguna Beach, California, studio.