This is Ken Paul Lozada. He resides in Half Moon Bay. He is an artist - he is many things. He is 80 years wise!
Last Fall one of my brothers sent me a book called Peaceful Warrior The Life of Ken Paul Lozada....by Joanne Ehrich. He (brother) has met this man, talked with him and he told my brother his story. In the accompanying letter my brother sent with the book he said from the day he met Ken and heard his story he told him I would be one person who would get a great deal from his story and works. Eventually my brother was able get 2 hard cover editions of the book from Ken and had one signed for me. My brother and I aren't all that close so I was touched by his thinking of me and sending me the book knowing I'd definitely get something from it. and I did.
Ken's story is A M A Z I N G.... You can actually get the soft cover version here on Amazon or perhaps in your local library. You will feel something stir when you read it.....it will really make you think and feel something deep inside. His story is one of triumph, wisdom, artistry! Please note these are all my own thoughts and feelings - I have no affiliation with the writer of the book or Ken himself.
From the back of the book:
A near-death experience after a car accident left Ken, who spent many years in an orphanage, with a new understanding about the gift of life which he has since sought to share with others. He has surrendered to complete honesty and openness, while becoming a conveyor of truth, who transforms chaos into harmony.
this is a photo from the book (sorry I took a photo of the photo)
A remarkable man. It is my goal to meet him in person sooner rather than later......to sit and talk with him and hear more, learn more and be guided by his wisdom....look in to his eyes, here him play his drum.
These are what he calls The Seven Treasures of Life:
1. The sense of awe and joy in conversation with another person's spirit and soul.
2. The thrill of risk-taking ventures in stepping out into the unknown, but still certain of myself.
3. A sense of well-being in tune with the universe no matter what the situation may be.
4. The Freedom to share and give my thoughts to another without expecting something in return.
5. The thrill of accomplishment after many failures.
6. The sensation of quiet reflection over a book that engrosses me.
7. The comfort of knowing I am a child of God through no effort of my own, but a simple accepting of faith.
Last weekend I made it a priority to finally see and touch and feel the sculptures that are at the entrance to Main Street in Half Moon Bay. There are more in other places but I started there on that day. Why I haven't done it until now I cannot explain, perhaps it was just the right time. We got coffee and walked right across the street and I was so drawn in, so amazed at the movement and fluidity and soul in his scultpures. I ran my hand down them and over them and through them..........peered over them and through them. I walked among them over and over and then took some photos.
These are not in a fancy gallery but out in the open....sitting on the earth or another piece of wood. Among trees and a very sweet roaming cat that followed me as I walked around rubbing against my leg. Perhaps he (the cat) sensed I was truly moved. (click images to enlarge)
If you find yourself in Half Moon Bay stop...if you haven't already.....and take in the experience of these sculptures in person.
I know this is a long post but I truly hope you enjoyed the photos of the sculptures and a tiny wee bit about the man behind them.....but again, you really have to read the book to get the full story, to truly learn through his life and his wisdom how the human spirit can triumph.
Thank you for stopping by this blog........I know you have other things to do, places to go, people to see so the mere fact you took a moment here is lovely indeed - I appreciate your visit and always welcome comments.