Since childhood I have been drawn to writing and art. I participated in many poetry and art contests throughout grade school , and even won a few awards from both.
Reading was highly encouraged in my family and I became an avid reader from a young age. I was drawn into the mythical realms with the a certain well known hobbit, I gained a boys perspective while stranded on an unknown island ruled by the Lord of the Flies... my greatest inspirations came not only from reading, but also from the hours I spent in art museums and art galleries....and always developing my imagination.
I never stopped writing, or painting, or drawing... I was always on one kind of creative project or another, right into young adulthood. In my teens I was fortunate enough to have a high school art teacher, who let me replace my study halls with volunteer work at a kindergarten art class as a teachers assistant. This was my first taste of teaching and I just loved the energy of those kids. I loved how they had no preconceptions of what art should or shouldn't be. They were fresh and open, there was no right or wrong way. It was ALL about PROCESS.
However, instead of pursuing a teaching degree I went on to learn graphic design. Back in my day we called it Commercial Art. At the time, under advice from the schools career guidance councilor, it would be the best way to incorporate art into a practical career... with good pay....
Again, I continued my creative endeavors, painting on the side, writing some although the writing was pushed aside more often than not. During this time I discovered Buddhism and spent a great deal of time with a friend I had made back in college who was a practicing Buddhist. This education would play a big part in my art process later in life.
I became a single mom in 2001. I quite working, stayed at home, had more time to be creative and eventually began homeschooling my son along the way. I joined a local homeschool group and began exchanging art lessons and workshops for arithmetic and math lessons for my son. I was back in a role of teaching and guidance and loved it!
Now days we practice free range learning, or unschooling as others call it (although I don't connect as much with that term). I am still enjoying the freedom of working for myself through art and writing, while also offering intuitive painting classes and workshops, and my intuitive women's workshop Red Paint!
My intuitive art processes have been based deeply on teachings from Buddhism and Hinduism. I work extensively with the Chakra's and incorporate energy work, I've learned as Reiki master/teacher. I am currently entering a new phase where I am going back to nature so to speak. I've started using natural, organic paints in my work and I have some new projects lined up incorporating natural materials and art forms.
I was off to a slow start with writing but have been gaining momentum and re-connecting with my writing muse through this blog and was so excited when Tery Brouwer of Creative Soul Poetry nominated me for this (not your typical) blog hop!
To keep the hop on... The Wisdom of Not Knowing Everything and the healing artists and blogs on the Art & Healing Network are two main places I gleen regular inspiration.