The Joys Of Making Art
We are all artists
Human aliveness is simply inseparable from creativity. I truly believe that creativity and intuition are intimately connected, and all people are born with deep wells of inner wisdom and creative impulses, just waiting to be acted on. Key to unlocking these inherent creative forces is letting go of fear, and the negative stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Strangely enough - it’s not who we think we are that holds us back, but who we think we’re not.
A Lifetime of Learning
Discovery as Inspiration
There are plenty of opportunities in life to strive, push, compare, compete and struggle. Painting serves the opposite purpose. It’s a time for self-reflection, for patience and even healing, and a chance to see parts of ourselves that are hidden away in everyday life. The canvas has no opinions. It will simply hold your offerings and reflect them back to you clearly and without judgment. It’s up to you to interpret and learn from what you create. Color, form, and line express a language beyond the confines of words.
The Artist Way
Yes You Can
Learning to paint is like learning to drive. Remember being overwhelmed by all those actions at once? Yet with practice, basic skills became so integrated that they're now second nature to you. Learning to paint is a similar process in that lots of skills must be juggled simultaneously, as you learn to hone attention. The good news is - skills can be mastered by almost anyone with patience and practice! In time, painting becomes easier and more fulfilling - second nature even. Being human means you're already an artist.
My Teaching Approach
Built around an integrated process, whereby painting creation is design-driven - rather than subject driven, my approach is substantially different from traditional approaches to painting, because it allows students to apply skills quickly to representational and non-representational painting alike - without the pressure to make great art. Perfect for the beginner, experienced painter, or person seeking an empowering jump start on their creative path, multi-day painting adventures are offered year round.
Intellectual concepts and practical exercises for skills needed to master painting provide essential 'building blocks', as students work to create an original work from the ground up. Painting from a place of structured intuition, the typical constrictions that come with fear and self-doubt are lessened, revealing freedom to cover up, restart, wipe away, and even change course many times along the way. Nothing is made permanent, so there are no mistakes - only new discoveries and insights, leading to unfettered creativity.
Open Mind, Open Heart
Even as forgiving as the process is, and as open to your intuition as you may be, accept that your art-making journey here may not be wholly smooth or easy. Painting requires that you be attentive - be present. Slow down, plan your painting, and be patient with yourself. When you spend time dedicated to creativity, you spend time dedicated to creating a more whole and authentic version of yourself. This is a gift not only for you – but for others as well. Come grow into a better version of yourself.