I discovered painting in response to following my curiosity about the single word “color” written on my 2013 “Twenty Things I Wish For” list (you may recognize the list as a tool from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way).
A Google search on color, painting, and Mexico revealed a painting workshop with Puerto Vallarta painter, Kathleen Carrillo. When I met Kathleen I told her I always imagined there was a painter inside me and I had come to find out if that was true. I painted Jungle Boy with such fever, I got termed “the midnight painter” as I worked in the studio long after everyone had left.
Back on Vancouver Island, I couldn’t paint the way I had painted in Mexico with the aid of a teacher. I struggled and shut down for lengths of time. Facing the canvas was terrifying and I began to notice fear everywhere in my life. At a pace that works for me, I’ve continued to show up on the canvas. At times, I’ve labored over a piece and all my life dramas have played out in the layers of paint. Other times, when I am aligned with my inner creative source, paintings explode onto canvas. I used to hunger for the relationship that Zen and writing teacher, Natalie Goldberg described painting as her “darling sweetheart.” Today, painting has become a path of joy and expansion.
Paintings are available for sale unless otherwise noted.