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“To make a lasting alteration, change must take place on three levels: the conscious, the subconscious, and the cellular.” Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox.
I moved four years ago to the west coast. I came to a place where nature is a powerful force˜it is everywhere you turn. Old growth forests, waterways, enclosures of mountain ranges to the east and the west˜no mater where I look, I am surrounded. The wet, dark winters force me inside to hibernate but they give me the unusual opportunity to have long stretches of time for self-reflection. During my first long winter, I found myself in a state of internal reveling– questioning many of the belief systems that had brought me here. I realized they no longer supported me and the life I wanted to fulfill. So I started peeling away the layers˜all the ideas of what I thought I was supposed to be, what I was supposed to do, where I was supposed to go. I began visual journaling every day. I felt like a child again˜curious, open, without fear of making mistakes. It has been four years, and every day I sit down and make something– without plans, without boundaries, without thoughts of whether what I am doing is good, or bad, or just plain odd. My creative process has become my meditative practice of deep listening. And my art work has changed dramatically–from the formalized practice of trying to produce something acceptable, clean and recognizable to an exploration of Inner and Outer space˜the place where boundaries dissolve leaving room for compassion, non-judgment, vulnerability and change. These creatures of mine are simply intimate imprints of myself. The images themselves hold no meaning. They just are. The process of making art is what allows me to walk through conflict and embrace the changes that are constantly flowing. It is my nature walk.