In 2001, I began to teach myself to watercolor. Before the days of YouTube and social media, I turned to library books to teach me and painted from photographs. I learned by trial, error and feel. One day, I decided to put the photographs away and mix my internal world with paint and fell deeper in love. My first abstract painting was the first painting I liked enough to frame and put on my wall. For many years, I painted to heal, meditate, explore my inner world and just plain imagine.
In 2014, I left my ten year tenured Business faculty position as Bellevue College near Seattle, WA to embark on an unknown new life. I did not expect to become an artist, but my soul knew and drew me to it. That inner voice pulled me to mentors, acrylics, intuitive painting, and landscapes as memories. I am fascinated by liminal spaces between our inner and outer world.
Since that time, I have been a featured artist for the Northwest Artists Association, Magnolia Art Experience and my painting “Goodbye Adrian” was featured on the cover of the German magazine Raum & Zeit. I’ve exhibited at Sage Brush Art Studio in Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica and at the Narthex Gallery in Seattle. My work has been collected in Asia, Europe, North and South America. With over 20 years of teaching experience, it only surprised me that I now regularly teach my Make Jewelry from Watercolor Paintings and Body and Soul Painting workshops from my home studio in Seattle, WA.
And very luckily, I paint.
My mission is to craft a Life of Art in order to make a real difference through the pursuit of passion. I believe a Life of Art will change the world for good.
Let’s be clear, a Life of Art is not just about “living in the moment.” It doesn’t mean “artful living” either. I mean seriously, what do those clichés mean anyway? A Life of Art is deliberately striving for a full and meaningful life through a creative process. Of course, creativity is key! Humans are creative beings, we can not help but be creative. I won’t accept otherwise.
Accepting and tending to our creative natures births joy, surprises, laughter, magic, self-love, compassion, generosity, deeper thinking and fuller relationships. It creates abundance.
See what I mean? It paves the way to change the world one person at a time.
Let me explain…
Abstract painting has taught me a lot. It has gifted me a collection of little wisdoms. I’ve stacked these colorful wisdoms, like a cairn marking my path. I love them. They ground my perspective and frame how I craft my art, life, business and relationships.
Here are some insights painting has taught me:
Believe in Magic
Not everything can be explained with our limited senses. Magic is the smallest act; a perfect brush stroke, eye-popping shade of red, the realization of dreams, and the way people interact. Magic produces synchronicity, beauty, and fun. Why not believe?
Cultivate an Inner-Coach
At its surface the creative process is a storm of emotion and activity, but just underneath is eternal calm. This coach comes from the calm. It is gentle, fosters growth, and encouraging. “You aren’t done yet.” It chants, “Keep learning and growing. It is perfectly OK. You are on the right path.”
Pay Attention & Inspiration Unfolds
Stay present and accept abundance. Open fearlessly to potential and beauty. In this mindset inspiration multiplies. It emerges from an epic abstract painting, an original song, a beautiful sunset, an awesome beach run or majestic mountain peaks. The world is fascinating. Look, trust, and inspiration comes.
Intuition is a guide best understood without brain but body. It is a silent inner voice whispering to stop NOW or release the floodgates to energy. Trust and listen carefully. Intuition is a quiet wise voice.
Creativity is a Learning Process
There is no such thing as a creative person. There are only people open to learning about the creative process; its mistakes, blunders, wonder and triumph. Commit to learn the tools and techniques of your desire. They will breed creativity.
Let the Vision Emerge
Be clear about your values and act in alignment with them. This clarity allows a vision to emerge. It takes time and patience, but it happens and sometimes the outcome is completely wonderfully surprising.
Will you join me?
I love a Life of Art.