I love to do art.
Several years ago a favorite life teacher of mine suggested that I paint my dreams. I have vivid dreams with strong images. I hadn’t painted much in my life so I appreciated this idea, because no one would have any expectation of how the images should look. These beginning paintings opened a window for me into creativity. I think I have always been creative in my work and my life, but I had not recognized creativity for its part in what makes me feel alive, vibrant, and whole. Creativity has allowed me to rediscover a wholeness in myself that I had forgotten. Art and creativity have become a significant part of my life, filtering into every aspect.
Creativity is a way to explore who I am in the world, to find the courage to express it, and to live wholeheartedly. Painting my dreams was a perfect window to this opportunity.
“What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.”
- By David Whyte
My art is a work in progress that I hope will develop and flourish as it nurtures my soul. Art for me is an exploration in many forms. I think I am a courageous artist. I am somewhat fearless in trying new mediums and forms.
Recently I have been exploring how the forces of nature can become part of "painting" the landscape. I am currently working with flowing water and how it can "paint" waterfalls. In this work, I often integrate my paintings with rock to bring the elements of nature more fully into the experience of the painting. I draw from many years of experience using nature as the basis of teaching and learning, helping people rediscover our intimacy with the wild world and to our uniquely individual natures. I believe that by returning to these relationships we may experience the possibility of a foundational shift in human culture to a life-sustaining society.
I work in many mediums. Most recently I have become enamored with painting on yupo paper, which is a plastic paper that does not absorb pigment. Rather, the paint dries on top of the paper. This allows me to remove paint. These waterfalls and bubbles illustrate this technique.
I love playing with the interaction of paint, light, and water with watercolors.
I have become enamored with the bold colors of acrylic ink and how I can paint with water and then flow color into the painting.
I continue to enjoy acrylic paint and experimenting with how to create textures that mimic nature.
Oils are the newest medium to me. There is something that glows and feels deep and rich about oils.
Sculpture sort of jumped out at me recently when I started working with clay. I realized that all these shapes and things I enjoy I can actually make. What an opening.
I am currently on a hunt for natural orbs. I am fascinated with nature making stones and other objects so beautifully round.
Photography is like an old friend to me. My Dad used to take beautiful pictures with his old 35 millimeter and he taught me a bit about photography. He used to explain what went into a good composition.
This installation has slate rock in the background and watercolor on yupo paper in the foreground.