Prior to March 6, 2011, I was an award winning entrepreneur. Then, I went to Costco to get a bag of cat food and the hatch of my SUV fell on my head. I had suffered a “mild” traumatic brain injury that developed into post concussive syndrome. As the recovery process extended into months of painful sensory overload, I was encouraged to express myself through art. I dismissed the idea, as I never had the desire to paint or draw. Eventually, however, I succumbed to a gentle willingness to give it a try. I transformed into an insatiable artist overnight. I am an "acquired savant." The TBI has given me a direct channel to my subconscious through my hands. I approach every piece of art with no plan - I simply give my hands permission to do what they feel. The key is to silence my inner critic and ask my left brain to stay quiet while I allow the process to unfold. Each painting becomes a journey that conveys its own transformational arc with layer upon layer of raw human emotion. Nothing is an accident, as I scratch, brush, scrape, and pour my way to completion. When I am finished, I step back and peer into myself through the lens of the art. Offering profound insight into my subconscious, the painting ultimately becomes medicine that heals the wounds of the past while opening the doors to the future.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Willamson
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Each painting is an adventure…a walk into the wood toward an unknown ending. With abundant courage I step out of the embryonic warmth into the darkness alone waiting for sparks of color to run down my arms and through my wrists only to slowly drip from my fingertips. Speak God, thy humble servant is listening. I am entirely self-taught, only following intuition as my guide.