When I paint, I focus more on how things feel, rather than how they look. I truly care about the emotions that art can evoke and I want to share positivity through my artwork. I try to raise awareness and open minds by expressing how love exists within everything we see and feel. I love to do that by mixing in some spiritual elements and ancient symbols into my imagery. I feel like the busy world of today needs more of this uplifting energy.
I meditate before making art in order to create from a place of surrender. Because of that, my experience with art is a very deep one. And if I can reach someone else and provide healing to others, it would be my greatest pleasure and the achievement of my goal. I also understand that art is very subjective: in art school, I learned that once you put your work out there, it’s not yours anymore. So there is intention in my creative process, but no fixed destination. It’s just another way to express myself, and another way for me to touch people.
My mother was an abstract artist, so I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I started painting when I was about four years old and my mom exposed me to other mediums such as argyle, clay and wax. Today, my inspiration is linked to my own evolution through meditation, yoga, and reiki. The fact that my daughter is autistic has also pushed me to sensitize people to inclusion, light and love. I think it’s important to acknowledge our dark, broken or damaged parts, but I also believe that it’s even more important to focus on the light and the solutions that might arise from that perspective. I really believe that love can heal everything.
Sometimes, my kids want to create with me and I will share that experience with them, which requires letting go of control. The principle of perfection that we hold in our society can feel a bit sickening because we want things to be perfect all the time. However, if we look at nature, we see perfection and harmony and yet it is also imperfect. So if I create with my kids and we make a mistake, we just see it as an interesting incident and we go from there. It’s a different way of creating, which I truly appreciate. My kids love to use art as entertainment, as a self-regulating tool, as a form of therapy as well as a communication method, and I love giving them the space they need to create without judgment. It opens the door to an unseen world that is even more beautiful than the one we are used to!