I spent many hours in nature alone or with my siblings, playing and making fairy houses in the roots of trees, secret tunnels in snow forts, and drawing pictures from my imagination. In high school, I learned to braid rugs, sew, and paint. In 1996, I left my career as a hair stylist to embark on a new path as a fine art painter. My children were still young and I loved being able to provide them with all kinds of art supplies to nurture their own creative expression. For nearly 20 years, I enjoyed showing my paintings in art galleries throughout the Western U.S., creating commissioned pieces, and selling art to collectors from all over the world.
About 10 years ago, my life began to change drastically. My two daughters were off to college, my 20-year marriage had ended, and I endured a tragedy as a dear friend fell while we were rock climbing together in Eldorado Canyon just outside Boulder. He died a few days later as a result of his injuries. I had never experienced such intense trauma and grief in my life. The previously mentioned losses, among others, were compounded by this traumatic experience. I attempted to continue my painting career after the accident but I just couldn’t sense the meaning in it anymore. I felt stuck at every turn.
I began to work through these stuck places using my intuition and artistic skills. Through the years of doing commercial painting, I had found that reaching into other forms of art media helped me break through creative plateaus, rediscover my passions, and intuitively guided me to work through many personal life challenges. Because the accident and the other transitional experiences I had undergone had created such a state of upheaval in my life, I began using my drive to create as a way to transform the sadness, integrate it, and to live my life more fully in the present.
Working on My Own Breakthrough
Not knowing it at the time, I was taking steps every day to reconnect the dots in my life. I began to have breakthroughs each time I started towards a new goal, picked up an interesting book, or took a creative workshop to learn something new. I began to focus on the process of creation rather than the material outcome. I started trusting my intuition more and more while following it where it was leading me. So, I began to do whatever I was being led to do. I met a wonderful Life partner through the old-fashioned blind date method. Together, we envisioned a wonderful home complete with separate studio which seemed to materialize before our eyes. Then there was the lovely garden I dreamed up in the backyard of our home where I plant and nurture things in all their phases of growth. We even keep honeybees to pollinate the plants and trees.
Working With You For Your Breakthrough
This is the finished piece with the previous title of “Taking Back July.” After I lived with it for awhile, I decided that it needed a different title. There is a lot to this piece and what it revealed to me went much deeper than I originally thought. Looking at and living with each finished […]
July has not been a favored month for me for many years now. Sad memories along with the heat make it hard to enjoy being outside. Even though my garden is ripening rapidly in July, it has often felt like a parched month for me, within and without. I started this piece at the beginning of July. […]
It seems like it never ends…as soon as I finish one piece, the next one floats up to greet me.
This piece was made after I started learning to make lampwork beads. I knew this new medium would take me into a different direction regarding my artwork and I wanted to explore that idea more through process beadwork.