Art has always been my refuge - a sacred, secret place where I could step out of conceptual mind and explore the world of feelings and alternative realities. Growing up in DC, and later as a student in Paris, museums felt to me like places of worship, or sources of nourishment.
I’ve spent much of my adult life as an expat, teaching contemplative practices (Ashtanga yoga + sitting meditation) and creative process. Spending so much time in a foreign culture reinforces universal themes of what it means to be human, and also presents a unique view into our differences. As a trained psychotherapist, I find these differences fascinating.
At a certain point, I realized that making art was the only thing that allowed me to quiet my mind completely and simultaneously experience its vastness. Meditation certainly helps the process. I derive inspiration from dreams, myth, literature, and especially from the nature spirits in Crestone, Colorado, where I live. Recognized as a spiritual “power place” where seekers and retreatants come to access inner wisdom, the San Luis Valley and surrounding Sangre de Cristo mountain range set the stage for a mystical environment where “the veil is thinner.”
I make colorful encaustic wax monotypes on paper. The nature of the encaustic monotype process leaves an element of chance to each creation, adding to the mystery of how co-creation occurs. The desire to control outcomes is thwarted. As a devoted practitioner and teacher of yoga and meditation for over 25 years, my spiritual practice has gradually evolved into making art.
My hope is to convey how art is a bridge to this experience of mind that connects us with something larger than ourselves, and encourages us to realize that we are not alone.