It is my greatest pleasure to inspire and hold safe space for others to explore and play with liquid color. I found intuitive painting when I was in a very dark night of the soul with a debilitating health crisis and I did not know if I would make it through. Even though I had not painted much in my life the only thing that made me feel better at all was imagining painting. I was gifted a Painting Experience workshop (www.processarts.com) where I painted a painting that changed my life. The painting met me in my deep sorrow like nothing else had. I felt so relieved to find a way to move through what was going on inside of me. Once this deep grief could move I was able to experience joy and hope again.
This was the beginning of my love affair with painting. The process unleashed in me such a creative force and gave me a place to express and meet all parts of myself even the ones that seemed unbearable. I started to integrate the polarities in myself and have deep acceptance for all that was going on in my life. And most importantly, I started to delight in creative exploration. I was no longer jammed up by critical thought forms. I learned to surrender to a bigger creative flow through the process and felt connected to the greater whole of life.
How we do anything is how we do everything. I have seen from my own process that when I get "free" in a painting I get free in my life. Getting free for me means that I start to be more curious than certain. That I don't see my thoughts as the absolute truth. That I fully allow the felt-sense present moment instead of trying to control it by grasping or avoiding. That I move beyond my conditioned mind's habitual responses of what is right or wrong, good or bad. That I learn to notice and "just be with" sensation in the body. That I see start to see with the eyes of the heart.
This is what this painting process is about - Meeting the present moment so fully that we brim with delight and experience the truth of who we really are. Which to me in not something that can be named. It is a felt sense of the Great Mystery itself. We get to reclaim the wonder and awe that is our birthright.
I am currently finishing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Lenore-Rhyne University here in Asheville. I am a somatically oriented psychotherapist for attachment, developmental wounding and trauma. I specialize in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing for trauma resolution. I am currently counseling trauma survivors at a local non-profit dedicating to ending sexual violence.
Art degree from the University of Louisville in Louisville,Ky
Emphasis mainly in Photography because I was too creatively blocked to pursue my real love of painting.
Early Childhood Training Certificate From the Rudolf Steiner College in
I was a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher and assistant for many years in Ky and Ca.
Certified Food Addiction Professional from the Food Addiction Institute in Sarasota, Fl.
I enjoy educating people about food addiction and how to have a balanced relationship with food.
I have been process painting for over 9 years. I have trained extensively in California and New Mexico with Michele Cassou who founded the Painting Experience and the Zero Point Painting Method. I have completed her Master Teacher Training.
I have been mentored by my dear and amazing teacher Barbara Kaufman for over 7 years. She founded the Center for Creative Exploration in San Francisco 18 years ago where she taught this work/play in classes and workshops all year around. She was Michele Cassou's and Stuart Cubley's assistant from close to the beginning of the birth of this work. Sadly, Barbara recently went back to spirit and now her dedicated and soulful assistant of many years Claudia Ezhinger is my painting teacher.