Do guardian angels exist in real life?
Well, people talk about them, and some really believe they do exist.
Pastel artist Sarana Khoo, 33, of Subang Jaya, Selangor, said that she has learnt to connect with them.
“In my understanding, everyone has three guardian angels who play different roles. I learnt to connect with my guardian angels through meditation,” she said, adding that she could also connect with other people’s guardian angels.
From 2011 to 2015, Khoo learnt about healing from Angelic Light Transmissions, a healing school in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The school guides people to work through healing for self-empowerment and personal growth.
She gradually developed a trust in the guidance of guardian angels because every time she needed help, “the right people would come to my aid” or she would be “shown the right path”. She has always felt that she has had divine guidance throughout her ups and downs in life, and in fulfilling her life purpose.
“I used to create angel artworks using my visions after meditation,” said Khoo, whose belief in angels led her to a path of spirituality. Later, she was mentored and trained to become an angelic healer and intuitive artist.
She paints with fingers using pastels, in the style of Pastel Nagomi Art. For commissioned works, Khoo would connect with her clients’ guardian angels.
Said Khoo: “I don’t have to meet my clients but would require basic information like their full name, birth date and time of birth, for me to connect with their guardian angels.”
In the span of five years, she painted over 50 pieces of angel art. Her clients came from Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Canada.
“People would place their angel artworks in their living room, bedroom and even on their personal altar. They feel calm and peaceful by looking at the paintings. The artworks also help them to feel more connected with their own guardian angels,” said Khoo.
From 2012 to 2016, she practised angelic light transmissions and painted her visions of angelic beings but eventually gave up both activities to refocus on her career in teaching art.
Khoo has loved art since her schooldays.
After her secondary education, she took up a business accounting course in Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Kuala Lumpur. Despite the stress and struggle to pass her exams, she never gave up art.
In 2007, during her fifth year of college, she enrolled for a one-year, part-time course in Children’s Art Education Training in TopArt School of Art, Klang.
From there, her love for guiding children in art started to grow. She even met her art mentor, the late Tan Tong (1942-2013), a French-trained Malaysian artist.
After completing the course in 2008, she worked as an administrative officer in a Japanese firm in Kuala Lumpur, and as an assistant in a kids’ art studio in Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam.
Life was good during her first job. However, she left after three years.
“My first job was my last job,” she said.
In 2011, she attended a workshop in Kuala Lumpur, facilitated by Japanese art instructor Yoshie Ito, and was smitten by Pastel Nagomi Art in which one uses pastel powder and fingers to create gentle, transparent, warm and heart-touching art. The colours and techniques of pastel art can also bring out an atmosphere of heavenly lightness and glow (as applied in her paintings of guardian angels), said Khoo.
In 2012, Khoo fulfilled her dream of opening a small art studio to teach art to children.
Swamped by requests to teach her style of art, she flew to Japan to pursue a certification course in 2014. She then became a certified instructor of Pastel Nagomi Art with the Japan Pastel Hope Art Association (JPHAA).
As the association’s first Malaysian instructor, she began to teach this art locally the same year. Her students came from the different states as well as from Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Canada. Once, she conducted a 100-people pastel art session in a team-building activity for a pharmaceutical company in KL.
Since then, she has gone to Japan yearly to learn art from different teachers to further develop her artistic attainments. One of the techniques she learnt was painting Mandala art using pastels.
In her journey of learning art, Khoo has not only honed her artistic skills but also achieved self-development and spiritual growth.
Since 2016, she has dedicated more time to teaching art.
“Art is my passion and my soul. Teaching art seems to be one of my purposes in life. I’m always inspired by great people, and my life has been transformed because of them. I also want to be someone who can inspire others and be the guiding light in someone’s life,” she said.