Madhava Priya was born Rebecca Ann Todd, the
daughter of an artist mother. She grew up drawing horses and nature, then
painting landscapes, then studying figure drawing in college, and, as
time passed, exploring various styles and emulating various masters
in search of her own subject matter and style.
She wanted to express a
spiritual meaning in her art, but did not have a clear idea how to do it.
Then in 1984 she encountered the
Hare Krishna movement, and the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada. Prabhupada's books opened a whole new world, a world of the
ultimate meaning of life, and of a personal God who is unlimitedly beautiful
and has unlimited pastimes with all the drama any artist could want.
It was what she was looking for: not only satisfying artistic material,
but personal meaning and faith as well. At last she had found something
she could embrace wholeheartedly and dedicate her life to.
In 1985 she was initiated and given
the name Madhava Priya devi dasi. In 1987 she had the opportunity to paint two pictures for the Tenth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam.
Later she illustrated several small books in black and white line drawings,
especially “You’re Not That Body” by Bir Krishna das
Goswami, from whom she received second level initiation.
A few years ago she was commissioned to paint 8 large paintings, or small murals, for a new Hare Krishna temple opening in Fiji.
Over the years Madhava Priya has continued
to paint Krishna, always with the idea of sharing and spreading the
knowledge of Krishna consciousness. She also teaches Bhagavad Gita classes and has written and published a study guide for the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, called Bhagavad-Gita in 3D, which is available from the home page of this site.
For several years she and her husband had a preaching center in Little Five Points, Atlanta, Georgia (USA). She now resides with her husband Krsnasraya das (who was known to many in Little Five Points as Yogi Christopher) in western Michigan.
Some of the original artworks on
this website are available for sale, if you have an enquiry or any other
question or comment you can contact Madhava Priya here.
Thanks to Bala Clark for putting
this website together, you can contact him here