Award Winning Authors

Award Winning Authors

Drawing Meaning and Beauty from the Sea

Marissa O’Neil

Marissa O’Neil is currently the founder of an integrative wellness company in Santa Monica, CA. Her philosophy invites clients to view the world through a new lens igniting a deep exploration and discovery of what brings them alive. She creates client relationships through integrity, trust, and authenticity to empower individuals to pursue their dreams. Her life’s work is to pay this gift forward to create a ripple effect in the world.

Raised in greater Boston and with a degree in Kinesiology from Colorado College, Marissa’s career began managing the healthcare of clients at a preventative medicine center in New York City. After relocating to Santa Monica, she co-led the opening of a new performance center and later pioneered corporate wellness programs with Fortune 500 companies. Her client list includes professional athletes, actors, entrepreneurs, adolescents, and special populations ranging from cardiac and orthopedic ailments to weight management and pregnancy protocols. Marissa is also passionate about empowering women to be the leaders of their own lives and leads a Women’s Empowerment group that is broadcast live around the world. She loves working with individuals who want to take their life to the next level!

Peter O’Neil

Peter O’Neil is a self-taught film photographer whose interests in visual composition and expression have evolved over the years from week long workshops with Alison Shaw, Susanna Gaunt, Tim Cooper, Elizabeth Stone, Freeman Patterson, and Andre Gallant.  Recent influences include the images and writings of David Ward, Tim Parkin, Joe Cornish, and Charlie Waite.  He has made images on both coasts as well as while hiking many of our nation’s national parks out west.

During the past dozen years his work has focused on exploring how the eye and mind collaborate in “seeing” what the poet William Blake wrote as “the world in a grain of sand.”  Such ability engages us in exploring, in intimate detail, the extraordinary in the ordinary – the subtle and naturally found abstract beauty of what we commonly and routinely encounter each day but usually pass by without stopping to notice.  Consciously, attentively, looking and seeing is charged with ambiguity, mystery, and fascination at discovering the previously unnoticed with so many possible interpretations that fixed and stable meanings and labels seldom apply.  Our imagination and emotions take over as questions confront us about what it is our eyes see.  Sometimes our experiences, memories, and associations fail to impose sufficient coherence, meaning, or a name for the object.  Those moments can be quite powerful in upending our expectations, forcing our imaginations to rethink what is before us, and helping us to see anew.

“To see the world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wildflower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.”
William Blake ~ Auguries of Innocence