Who am I?
When I paint, I connect to the essence of what I see, what is called the “chi”, the life or breath contained in the tree, a rock or a sea shell before me. I create wherever I happen to be – in my backyard, hiking along a trail, traveling through the desert, or hanging out with Grandmother Ocean.
When I connect to the essence of something, I am honoring that leaf or shell or creature, becoming a portal though which their spirit speaks. I share their story, their words, their message – it becomes an earth prayer. When I share these works of art with you, this creates an opportunity for you to hear the words of spirit.
My paintings are doorways into visionary realms asking the viewer to shift the way they connect to this world. I embody the Contemporary Symbolism style and work extensively with symbol, color and metaphor. I’ve been told my paintings are shamanic in nature and they are as that is the path I walk.
I work in the Intentional Creativity field as a teacher and art doctor; everything I create begins with intention. With my Earth Prayers, I create with the intention of honoring the earth upon whom I walk as well as providing opportunities for others to step into a deeper connection with their heart and their planet.
Each watercolor sumi-e I create out in the field is a meditation. I ground, connect, and allow the essence of what I am connecting to to flow through my heart, the end of the brush and onto the paper. In this way, I activate the right and left sides of my brain which moves me into a place of inspiration. Then I write the words that come through and sign the piece.
I studied painting with American Master painter Sue Hoya Sellars who first taught me sumi-e; she was taught by her teacher, Lenore Thomas Straus. My background includes a M.A. in Women’s Spirituality, 21 patents from hi-tech land, and I’m a certified instructor of the Intentional Creativity Method developed by Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis.
How did I get to this place?
I spent over 25 years in hi-tech designing and building all kinds of products. My experiences include working at Apple Computer in the early days, inventing lots of things, and, eventually, running out of creative steam. Leaving hi-tech was a very scary shift requiring loads of courage and trust on my part.
I decided to spend a year working as an artist to rejuvenate myself and ended up with a masters degree in Woman’s Spirituality and a certificate in Creative Expression from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University). While in the program I re-discovered my matrilineal line and my descent from a line of women with the Sight. I learned the earth-based spirituality path I’ve followed all my life comes out of the ancient tradition of female shamanism.
During the course of my degree work, I underwent a shamanic initiation and experienced a profound kundalini healing. My paintings became a physical form of healing for myself and others. My thesis topic is on women artists who heal culture through the creation of sacred art.
I understand the power of transformation on a deep, physical level and engage with it in all that I do. If you would like to hear more about what I do, I invite you to to listen to listen to radio shows and interviews in which I speak about my work.
May you create the world you want to see and may it be one of beauty and harmony.