Paint and Pixels
Art Making as Spiritual Practice
I am a spirit-led visual artist. My canvas and my studio are the crossroads and sacred circle where the physical meets the spiritual to create manifest forms of beauty, healing, and transformation.
I turned to the visual arts in 2005, starting with digital collage and mixed media shrines. Since then, I have added colored pencils, oil pastels, acrylics, and digital drawing to my toolbox. I have taken some art classes over the years, but I am not formally trained. I have explored Touch Drawing with Deborah Koff-Chapin, intuitive painting online with Havi Mandell and Sheri Ponzi, and attended a Visionary Art Intensive with Alex and Allyson Grey. But I am not certified in any one technique.
I have exhibited at The Hamilton Gallery, Paganicon, Sacred Space Esoteric Conference, Torpedo Factory, Artomatic, The Open Hearth Foundation, and the Towson Arts Collective.
At heart I am an animist, and I strive to treat all living beings with the respect they inherently deserve. This perspective takes me beyond my “in-group” or the people I am most familiar and comfortable with. My animism spurs me to reach out in community to people with different lived experiences, animals, plants, stones, weather patterns, the deep ocean. All of these are alive and filled with consciousness of some type.
My work, both spiritually and artistically, aspires to be anti-racist and inclusive of the diversity of sexual orientation, gender expression, and physical and cognitive abilities. In my endeavors and life journey, I lead with a strong and open heart. I seek out relationship and connection with the other beings who live in my neighborhood.
My family is mostly British, Scottish, and German. The women on my mother’s side have been healers and psychics. I was raised in the Spiritualist community of the 1970s and early 80s. Both my parents were mediums, ministers, and ceremonial magicians. I was lucky enough to live the first seven years of my life surrounded by the enchanted green-world of Camp Chesterfield in Indiana, where I first learned to listen and speak to the invisible world.
I discovered Paganism as a teen in Oklahoma and again was lucky enough to study in covens in the Georgian (Lady Georgia in Norman, OK) and Isian (Lady Bridget in Houston, TX) traditions of Wicca. In 1997, I moved to the DC metropolitan area, where I coordinated many community events, including the DC Pagans’ Night Out and DC Pagan Pride Day.
In 1998, I helped found an experimental ritual group named Magick Belly #9. In 2002, I joined Becoming, the earth-based panentheist spiritual community and served that community as the Presiding Celebrant from 2003 to 2011, and was ordained as clergy by the membership in 2005. Currently, I am a second-degree initiate of the Order of the Elemental Mysteries and member of their Artist Guild, the Convener of Connect DC, and the Dean of Students at Reflections Mystery School, founded by Katrina Messenger.