Joined May 10 2012
Shady Cove, OR
I feel that art feeds and nurtures our souls. For me, I love to paint! I feel within me a driving desire to express through painting, and I think that painting is a part of my purpose in life. I also learn and am stretched by painting, often digging deeper, or opening up more, to what is being created.
I never know what I’m going to paint when I sit down to paint. When I paint, I ask, with an open heart, for the highest good for all to come through. What comes through are mostly what I think of as depictions of love, light and joy.
I find the paintings inspiring, and I feel blessed by them, both in creating them and while they grace my walls, before they to go to a new home. And I hope they are inspiring to others, and a visual reminder of those things that we cannot see, like love and joy, but that make such a difference in life.
While I have my own experience of the paintings, I believe that everyone else will experience them in their own way. I love the feedback that I get from those who view, or purchase, a painting. They often see and experience things that I don’t.
While I drew and painted horses when I was young, it was in college that I took art classes and rediscovered the feeling that I enjoyed art, painting in particular. What I ended up studying in college, however, and going into afterwards, was interior space planning and design.
I spent 19 years in that field, in Michigan, where I grew up. Eleven of those years were with my own consulting business, designing for businesses and institutions.
In the middle of my design career, however, when I saw some painting supplies in an art and office supply store, I thought to myself "Someday, I'm going to paint again."
After those 19 years in the design field, I left it and followed my spiritual path which took me to quite a variety of places and jobs, and which brought me back to painting. It was in 1998 that I started painting, part-time, doing about half a dozen paintings every year. Then in 2006, I moved from Iowa to Colorado and started painting full-time.
To begin with, I painted realistic landscapes as that’s what I thought I'd always do. But, shortly after I started painting again, when I was playing and dabbling around with using up the paint that was left over on my palette, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed painting abstractly. I then gradually switched to painting predominately abstract paintings.
I now live in Shady Cove, OR and painting continues to expand my life.
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