Art, to me, is an external expression of inward thoughts, feelings, flashes of insight, and reflections of the creative realm. A blank paper or canvas is an opening to an unseen and unknown world stirred to Self Expression. Often as an artist it is tempting to say a finished painting is “my drawing, my painting, my technique…..”. In reality artists are only the tools through which creativity articulates itself.
Sitting in silence, open palms against a blank canvas, asking to be shown the unfolding images, a subtle shift in awareness occurs. Colors come into view, sometimes images appear at first, sometimes throughout the development of the art, sometimes clarity of design occurs, sometimes just playing with paint happens, sometimes a vivid clear image jumps into the still mind. Once in a while one knows from the onset what the painting is going to be. Sometimes nothing happens; a good time to just spread paint and wait for inspiration.
I started drawing and painting in grade school and have continued throughout my life. Graduating as an Art Therapist from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado I spent some years working in the mental health field. On weekends often I attended workshops. At home I painted and decompressed by drawing mandalas or circle drawings – inspired by the renowned psychiatrist Carl G. Jung.
I create in pastels, collage, watercolor, oil (Renaissance Glaze Technique), water based oil and multimedia. Today much inspiration comes from walks in nature in beautiful Crestone, from a thought or vision in meditation, or simply letting a painting develop from “nowhere”.