Coaching - Retreats - Ceremony - Art


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
wholeheartedly
will make plans
enough
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. 

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Installations

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This installation has slate rock in the background and watercolor on yupo paper in the foreground.

Yupo and Flowing Water

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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.  This waterfall illustrates this  technique.

Oils of aspens

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My current love is oils of aspen trees on a large canvas.   I think our connection with the earth is critical at this point in time.

Light and Watercolor

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I love playing with the interaction of paint, light, and water with watercolors.

Acrylic Ink

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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.

Acrylics

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I continue to enjoy acrylic paint and experimenting with how to create textures that mimic nature. 

Natural Orbs

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I am currently on a hunt for natural orbs.  I am fascinated with nature making stones and other objects so beautifully round.

photography

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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.

sculpture

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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.