Making art is a response to a desire to express myself, to know myself and to play with colour. To paint has been a desire in me since I was young and I always imagined how wonderful it would be to be an artist freely smooshing paint around a canvas. But I never thought I could paint, that I had any talent and so I didn’t try. Other people were talented, but not me.
The inspiration to dare to paint came 5 years ago through some beautifully synchronistic meetings and divine interventions and I jumped in. At last, I was going to paint!
I've been inspired by a number of painting teachers in this time. What I have particularly loved about learning to paint with Flora Aube in her ‘Art of Allowing’ courses is that it truly is about allowing…….. allowing all the stumbling, struggling, not knowing and yet to keep painting….. allowing inspiration to rise up from a deeper place of soul, from my heart, from a place of play, from the Divine Feminine - allowing what wants to emerge on the canvas, allowing myself to be curious, anxious, delighted and even gobsmacked! Many times after feeling stuck, I’ve burst into a happy dance and hoots of delight as magic suddenly happens on the canvas.
When I paint, there is no-one watching over my shoulder, no-one telling me how to do it, that I’m doing it wrong, that I can’t use that colour, make that mark, paint the eyes that way…. It’s so liberating to have space where I can do exactly what I want!
Of course there is a critical inner voice in us that thinks very differently about that. We get to face this critical voice and undo many layers of these art wounds from our past. This is deep soul work… reclaiming and healing lost parts of ourselves. We are bringing beauty and colour and free expression into our lives and the world… as women long to do.
Training and Qualifications: Certified Art of Allowing Facilitator; Cert of Counselling From the Heart; BA, DIP Ed; Diploma FAA Astrology; TAFE Cert in Adult Teaching; Australian Bush Flower Essences Cert; Reiki; Aura Soma