The Long Journey Home

"Soul Icon I", 2018, Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 18"x18" [Series: "The Long Journey Home"]

"Soul Icon I", 2018, Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 18"x18" [Series: "The Long Journey Home"]

The first quarter of 2018 has been a time to turn inward and focus on my health, my spiritual practice, and my art.

I’ve made significant changes to improve the quality of my life this year. I’ve re-established my daily meditation practice. I’ve added Kundalini Yoga to my yoga practice. And I’ve eliminated meat, processed foods, and refined sugar from my diet. I started seeing results almost immediately. The insomnia I’ve been suffering from for years is gone and I have so much more energy throughout the day. My muscles and joints have stopped aching. And now that I’m no longer at war with my body, the weight I gained while living in Asheville is falling away.

And my studio practice has been transformed.

The last 3 months in the studio have been interesting. And extremely challenging. It’s been about 8 years since I worked with acrylics. And painting had never been my preferred medium for expression before. But after the move back to Santa Fe, weaving felt limiting in many ways. I realized it was time to set my weaving aside and find a new path.

Daily feelings of “I can’t do this” and frustration slowly transitioned to experimentation and exploration as I settled in and started to regain some level of mastery over my materials. I played with styles and techniques, but nothing felt quite “right”. As I settled more deeply into my spiritual practice, I also settled more deeply into my studio practice. And I found my direction.

My new series is called “The Long Journey Home”. Each painting in the series is a “Soul Icon”. The idea of “soul icons” has been in the back of my mind for about 5 years but the time never felt right to bring them forward. Until now.