af·fla·tus | a divine creative impulse or inspiration
For me, the arts play a central role in the world of individual and community transformation. I believe it is a sacred thing to be an artist, which fuels my desire to investigate my personal mythology through a deep-rooted connection to observation and imagination. I view artistic expression as an opening to relate to the mystery within ourselves and the forces that move through and around us, a collaboration between imagination, intellect, soul, spirit, nature & the numinous.
My work is a creative navigation of dualities, an exploration of the tensions between Matter and Mind, Logos and Eros, Yin and Yang. A mythopoetic field where thematic storylines of ephemeral beauty, melancholia, illumination and transformation merge, to create a visual and literary understanding of our complex world. From this realm of shared presence, reality trespasses into dreams, with a unique mix of antique and modern, resonating metaphors of subtle evocation. Formative sources of inspiration include, William Blake, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, James Hillman, Anselm Kiefer, Mark Rothko, Edward O. Wilson, Susan Sontag, Mary Oliver, Rumi & Chögyam Trungpa. Each in their own way opened my eyes to the invisible.
I studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and Naropa University; hold Bachelor Degrees in Fine Arts and Education, a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology & Art Therapy, and credentials in Authentic Leadership and Contemplative Practices. In past and present incarnations I have lived/live between the stars and sea, have worked/work as an Artist, Educator, Therapist, Writer, Programs Director and Creative Consultant within the fields of Cultural & Holistic Education and Health & Healing. Contributing free time to environmental protection, animal welfare, and humanist causes. My personal engagement in creative process is ongoing, and I freelance and exhibit both nationally and internationally. I continue to explore opportunities to awaken the heart and mind, move the soul, be inspired & shift paradigms.