I am inspired by the divine feminine, the aliveness of creative freedom and the creative spark and energy of the earth and cosmos. I open myself through creating an intention for each piece, letting myself be led by deep feeling mystical guidance. Sometimes this becomes a face, a creature, sometimes a pattern, a dancing abstract flow. I rely on my intuition, deep feeling and letting go of preconceived ideas as I trust what is wanting to come through. My background as a dancer reverberates through my painting.
My intention is to express aliveness, mystery, hope, depth and soulfulness. I want to inspire and remind us that we are all a part of this mystical tapestry, we are connected and that we belong.
From an early age I located myself through the act of creating. Creativity was a lifesaver for me growing up in a tumultuous family system and my imagination provided safe haven. Dancing, painting, drawing, singing, performing and writing were all my muses.
I got lost through periods of depression, shame and struggle many times throughout my life but my creative spark always re-emerged to restore me to my true self. I had a period of over 20 years where I did not pick up the paintbrush. I was working as a psychotherapist and using expressive creativity with others but was denying my own creative spark.
In my early 50’s, after caregiving my elderly mother with dementia for many years, I had what felt like a soul reckoning. I knew something had to change and I needed to reconnect with my creativity - it was imperative. I began to study Intentional Creativity with Shiloh Sophia McCloud, and it rekindled my creative passion and opened up a whole new world.
Intentional Creativity is a practice that is about consciously accessing and expressing our stories and internal landscape through the creative process. It is a way to work with the places within that we don’t have language for. When we create with intention, we activate both right and left sides of the brain and gain greater access to our own information. When we go to the canvas, the hidden stories begin to come to life and be unraveled through brush in hand. This is the mystery, the movement that the soul longs for.
Self expression is one of the keys to healing the past, living in the present fully, and authoring a fascinating future. This is about fearless belonging, to yourself, to your life, to the universe, to each other. I also love supporting others in the Intentional Creativity process as a Color of Woman painting Teacher and Intentional Creativity Coach.
Tools of freedom guide me to create deep feeling mystical guidance , through soulful colors, shapes and creatures, expressing care for humanity and for All. Expressing compassion, hope, depth and soulfulness. For my witness to know they are seen, loved and belong to the connected heart and wisdom of the earth and of All.
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I am inspired by the natural world, and the art of ancient times. I am inspired by the vision of the ancestors and by the instinct of animals. I am inspired by the mysteries of the planets and the cosmos. I am inspired by color and organic shapes and how this earth offers us so many amazing creatures, colors and sensory pleasures.
I use a variety of techniques, brushes, other utensils, my hand and energetic movement and rhythm that comes from within. I paint mostly in acrylics and enjoy incorporating elements from the natural world. I also do collage and mixed media.
I have worked for many years as an Expressive arts therapist in private practice, hospitals and hospice settings. I also have a background in professional dance, and taught dance as well. I am an artist, and also a Creativity Coach and psychotherapist. I love to guide and facilitate others in the process of finding themselves and their inner knowing through art. I am grateful for my training with my primary teacher Shiloh Sophia and Intentional Creativity. All of this contributes to my creative process. My piece "Blue Dancing" just got accepted into the Colors of Humanity online show called "Blue".
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