The surprise of fresh discovery inspires me to paint in a way that is intuitive and yet structured enough to give form to energies seeking expression.
I learned from Stewart Cubley to practice stepping into each moment asking only which brush, which color, what stroke and where to place it. He also taught me to drop preconceived notions of outcome, to embrace the originality arising from within, and to wait for a true sense of completion.
Shiloh Sophia McCloud took these ideas further, providing more structure, process, technique and suggested imagery while avoiding dominating the content. The layers upon layers in her paintings represent stations of consciousness in a journey to an unforeseeable destination. The result is a piece imbued with intention, shining with authenticity and satisfying to my own human desire to make art that is pleasing to me.
As a professionally trained energy healer, I understand the benefit of surrendering to a flow and riding the creative wave in a healing session. This training informs my approach to art-making, helping me to drop-in more deeply to access hidden material buried in the psyche. Bringing such material into the light and onto the canvas can be akin to either an exorcism or a resurrection, depending on the content. It is all truth, or, at least, believed truth that can be examined and discarded if it no longer serves.
From a young age, I loved to draw and my mother made sure I always had sketch pads, pencils and crayons. In high school, I ventured into pastels and charcoals, and practiced female faces from magazine covers. On occasion I also drew images of Mother Mary, a face I saw frequently at school and in church. In adulthood, feminine images emerged again as I embraced painting in acrylics for the first time, while traveling the path of healing my own wounded feminine. I believe that I am connecting to the goddess, in her many forms, every time I paint a female form. It feels like a recovered skill, practiced over many lifetimes. Since I am an expression of the goddess as well, I discover something new about myself in each painting also.