Following a Thread
Whether in my art journals or in a body of work such as this, making art for me is always an excavation of sorts. With each mark and paint stroke, clues emerge and a path is forged; the adventure begins. There are many layers in each piece, and each one builds upon the other to open mysterious doors and illuminate truths and nuggets of wisdom that were previously unavailable. Through these pieces, I have explored uncharted territory in my own life and process and emerged with fresh perspective. To honor that experience, I have named this body of work “Following a Thread”
I am a self-proclaimed crusader for the healing powers of art! For the last 18 years, I have personally experienced the enormous benefits of creativity. I strongly believe that the artistic process enhances and encourages psychological growth and healing on many levels, so after finishing my Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2006, I created Language of The Soul Workshops to promote that very thing. My personal exploration of the creative process began with photography at a very young age, then designing handmade greeting cards, and eventually also found form in art journaling, bookmaking and painting. My art journaling practice has been a constant throughout that journey, and sustains me to this day. My deep hope is that something that I teach in my classes or share here about my creative practice will touch someone and encourage the spread of creativity and healing in this world.