To Be Alive

So often as a culture we are striving, figuring, earning, achieving, performing and our hearts run dry. We can be a little dead, still breathing-but essentially dead–don’t you think? This is one reason why I paint. This is why I help others paint, create, live—so that...
Beginners Mind Is A Great Place To Be

Beginners Mind Is A Great Place To Be

Beginners Mind is a great place to be.  Beginner’s Mind refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions. In the studio I am always asking for people to have a beginner’s mind when approaching the painting...

Getting Things Done Without The Whip

Recently I was talking with a woman who was struggling to be both self-compassionate and accountable to her intentions. She didn’t feel like she could have both. And it got me thinking:–How common this is for so many of us who have something we want to do in life and...

The Magic Of An Intuitive Painting Workshop

Regular art classes never worked for me. I don’t bloom in instructional settings. It was when I first experienced painting in a sacred context, in a place of personal intimacy and depth that I opened up and found my inner painter alive and well. Actually, I was...

Masking tape can be outrageous when you’re painting

There are these creative openings that happen for you while you paint intuitively. You can’t plan them or predict them but they happen. Sometimes it’s because you change paint colors, or you find your playful self momentarily, sometimes it’s because of a new tool—like...
The Art of Asking Questions

The Art of Asking Questions

I grew up being the one who was always asking questions. I live in questions. I love questions. One of my favorite parts of being a professional coach is asking questions.  It’s really in my job description and I find there is an art to it—finding the...

Getting Physical with Paint

Tired of thinking? Need a break from working on “yourself”? Feel like “moving your energy”? Picking up a paintbrush with the intention of moving and being physical can be a wonderful way to enter into your creative process and leave thinking behind altogether. One of...

Living Beyond Apology

I have a strong voice.  When I was singing professionally, it was a gift—to be able to be creative and express myself in music–with strength, connection and volume. I was never dinner music/background music.  That’s just the way it was.  My voice...