Growing up I was heavily into drawing, especially Cartooning! Which is a interesting since my Mom, whom I remembered as having extreme challenges holding and controlling pencils/pens, was an extremely wonderful Impressionistic painter. And my father (who never considered himself artistic) would "support the Arts" through classes and workshops. All of which I am deeply grateful for.
Leaving behind cartooning I went to art school for Graphic Design. After graduation I got a job and soon began a family. Aside from the rare 'boredom doodle", my illustrations were not exactly at the fore front of my life in that time. And my artwork certainly did not look like it does now!
But in the recent years, my style has been influenced through my exposure to Middle Eastern dance, an adventure I began about 11 years ago. That spawned a sweet dance journey, that I am still very active in. You can click here to explore those offerings.
I fell in love with many aspects of Middle Eastern and Asian cultures, including the food and art. Henna was something that was introduced to me and fascinated me. Soon after that I discovered Mandala art. The intricate designs would rapture my mind as I marveled at the details and cooed for the artist who crafted them! Cartooning was so easy for me and I became very fast at producing pieces. The idea of sitting for hours, putting so much work into a single piece, seemed crazy to me. Yet, one sunny afternoon by the stream with my kids (whom are older now), I found myself in a very meditative state and I began to draw. I did not have a finished idea in mind or even a pathway to anything in particular. Just simply started with random shapes and lines. Then it became this fun "game" of seeing what interesting shapes I could fill the page with and how much white space could I cover! I worked on it in my spare time and before I knew it, I had a completed piece! It struck me then how and why these types of drawings are so meditative. When I removed the orientation to "goal", it freed me to just allow the creativity to flow! So I kept creating. I found myself filling with inspirations and my spirit was rejuvenated! The natural joy that I experience doing this art is beyond words! I am very conscious of my emotions and energies in each creation. I've been told that energy is present in my artwork, and it is a delight to know that natural joy is being conveyed.
Please continue to enjoy these creations and I pray it uplifts your spirit in some way and even inspire you in some measure! Until next time dear reader.