Meet a local artist whose roots influence the subject matter, materials and process for her greatest works.
I had the great pleasure to be featured for the artist spotlight in the January/February 2019 edition of Whirl Magazine curated by: Christine McMahon Tumpson.
Featured painting: Tribal Dance, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches.
My inspiration for the new paintings of the “Unwinding Series” is to serve as a positive catalyst by bringing light and playfulness to the viewer.
I consider the creation of art a sacred ritual. Before I pick up the paintbrush there is a long preparation involving meditation, sketching, journaling and reflection.
These bold and colorful oil paintings emerged over the course of a year, allowing two to three weeks for the oil paint to dry after each new layer, while working on multiple canvases simultaneously.
The viewer is invited to trace the unwinding patterns as they create a flow that extends far beyond the canvas. The eyes, fingertips and, soon, the whole body may move with an inner rhythm that has been awakened. At this point one might feel the urge to move lightly or even dance! These paintings are an invitation to be in the moment, listen within and follow the next impulse, leading to a natural unwinding of the body and spirit.
The vibrant primal colors resonate within us, too, and influenced by our life experiences prompt an inner response.
Everything in the universe vibrates; it unwinds, flows, and spins.
This constant movement of creation is present in our physical bodies, it’s flow and change is essential. The Unwinding on the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual level is needed to maintain health and balance.
I love sharing the secret to my creativity and inspire students by developing exciting creativity classes.
During the time of the solo exhibit at the Artsmiths I taught the Mindful Painting Class, the Unleash Your Creative Genius Class and the Unwinding – Meditation Movement Art Class Level 1 and 2, in which students learned releasing breath work and gentle movements to unlock blocked energy and create a pulsating life-flow of health, balance, and radiance in their bodies and emotional well-being. Students were invited to embrace health and unleash their potential.
My paintings are an invitation to be in the moment, listen within and follow the next impulse, leading to a natural unwinding of the body and spirit.