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In the summer of 2010, Julie Püttgen spent two months studying traditional Tibetan thangka painting with Master Lobsang (Lochoe) Choegyal at Thangde Gatsal, a small school and working thangka studio near Dharamsala, India. This book attempts to document some of what she learned, in the hopes that it might be of use to her fellow painters, or to anyone interested in the methods and materials of Himalayan Buddhist painting.
Julie Püttgen was born in 1972 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and grew up in Fresno and Atlanta. She attended Yale University (BA); and Georgia State University (MFA). In the 1990's, she taught in Hong Kong, traveled around Asia, and then lived as a nun in Buddhist monasteries for three years. As an artist, Ms. Püttgen works across media (painting, photography, digital animation, installation), and also curates exhibitions. She has exhibited widely in museums and galleries across the US & internationally. Having run away and joined the circus, Ms. Püttgen no longer has fixed institutional affiliations, but enjoys teaching art & meditation to adults & young people.