My art often takes me down the organic path of Nature to my inner sanctuary.
As I walk the path of the Heart I am drawn to the Spirit and Soul of all things.
2020 Fort Collins Museum of Art Mask Project: Demeter EXHIBIT: OPENING RECEPTION Friday April 3, 2020
DEMETER mask: beginning the project Above left: original mask form Above right: foundation for Demeter's face and hair, which were sculpted with Epoxy-sculpt.
Demeter is mother, autumn harvest, nourishment and fertility. Her daughter Persephone was captured by Hades and taken into the Underworld, associated with death and winter. Persephone’s return in spring is rebirth and joyful reunion. The Greek story represents the seasons of nature and cycles of life. I’m a mother who lost my mother when I was 12, resulting in deep suffering, a long dark night of the soul, and rebirth through art and motherhood. Demeter is a reconnecting with the lost mother.
This painting was commissioned by a friend. She wanted a painting with Horsetooth Mt in the background, a yellowish moon, and 4 geese flying in the foreground, done in a simple style. She provided the examples below and described what she envisioned. She told me the story and what the symbolic significance is of specific elements in the painting, which was key for my intuiting the composition, mood, and atmosphere of what I would paint. She wanted it to reflect the color palette, mood, and feeling of the space it hangs in. I took photos of the room, and then using my intuition and the information given, I created the painting above for her.
Education MFA, Master of Fine Arts degree, University of Iowa, Multimedia-Intermedia and Video Arts MA, Master of Arts degree, University of Iowa, Multimedia-Intermedia and Video Arts BS, Bachelor of Science degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Art Education Certificates Art and Expressive Arts Therapies; Arizona, Texas Homeopathic Medicine, Arizona Biomagnetic Healing, Arizona Other Coursework Expressive Arts Therapy workshop, University of Texas Continuing Education at Laguna Gloria Expressive Arts Therapy Summer Institute, Prescott College, Arizona Psychology, Colorado State University; Front Range Community College