About

My childhood began on a beautiful farm in the Uwharrie Mountain region of North Carolina.  Spending time in this natural environment provided magical creative opportunities for me… by stacking rock sculptures in mountain streams, collecting bird feathers, pressing flowers and leaves or using sticks to draw in dirt.  My dream of studying visual ARTS was not possible until later in life when my youngest son entered school.  At that time I became a nontraditional student enrolling in a private fine arts college through a unique weekend program earning a BFA (visual/graphic design and art education).

"Spinny Flower I" (SOLD)Sharing my passion of art with middle school students in a traditional school setting provided time during summer breaks to focus on my own art.  My photography, paintings and welded metal sculpture creations were shared with students and community in yearly studio tours associated with a local artists guild.   Found objects (old relics from the past on our farm) were utilized to create and weld numerous metal sculptures placing them in my spiritual garden.  I loved the way their whimsical forms competed with nature’s organic lines.  Due to an injury occurring at middle school and after several surgeries, its been impossible for me to continue welding sculptures which makes me sad!

My passion for traveling encouraged me to broaden the horizons of students by planning numerous ALL day field trip opportunities each year touring Art Museums, History, Science and Nature Museums and meeting local artists in their own working studios.

My principal often commented that my teaching style was always “outside of the box”.  I was the teacher who provided opportunities for students to study nature by going for walks around school campus using journals to sketch and make notes on observations.  I brought animals to school (baby puppies, or goats) arranging circle areas in middle of classroom for animals.  Students would sit outside area able to view animals working on gesture drawings.  During the day, it seemed the entire school would stop by to see what was happening in my classroom.  I’ll never forget the morning we had a practice fire drill (baby goats were visiting) first student left class holding one goat… last student holding the other.  The entire school quietly lined up outside with teachers/students… my baby goats caused such a scene (baa…baa) AWESOME funny memory.

I consider myself a spiritual landscape artist using plants, trees, rocks and water elements in my garden.  My garden is a constant work in process planting new flowers, shrubs, trees… adding new rocks, sculptures or water elements each year.

I believe (SHARING IS CARING)  which means I share my garden and farm with community for…  weddings, garden tours, tea parties, expressive arts events, school field trips, Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts camping trips, cross over and Eagle Scout ceremonies.  The garden view and small pond soothes my soul with its constant reflections of each season.

Since retiring from public school system I’ve committed to working as a full-time artist/facilitator using expressive arts and the intuitive painting process offering women the opportunity to experience being in a wonderful, compassionate, creative circle.  I believe living in the moment creatively equals an authentically and blissful life journey.  And, I believe that creativity is therapeutic to women in whatever form it takes.  Whether it’s the colors we choose when painting with no worries about the end product, the texture and feel of clay when creating pottery, the wonderful color or texture choices of yarn when creating fiber art, choosing different textures and colors when planting flowers, choosing amazing ingredients to create delicious meals, writing or sketching heartfelt emotions in journals or simply enjoying movement in our bodies when dancing.

 

My passion about Expressive Arts inspired me to open Soulful heART Studio in Rolesville, North Carolina where I invite ALL women who are interested in creating a sacred sisterhood to participant in one of my classes, workshops or retreats using nature, meditation, movement, music, storytelling, journal reflections and the intuitive painting process.  My studio provides women an opportunity to slow down… disconnect from stress and tap into their portal of creativity and imagination. 

I offer summer lake retreats at Lake Gaston, Virginia and are limited to three participants providing opportunities to rest, relax and restore while creating in a beautiful, tranquil lake atmosphere.  My Expressive Arts Beach Retreats offered at Morehead City, North Carolina are limited to six participants. This retreat provides opportunities to connect with new friends while creating in a magical beach environment getting in touch with nature on walkabouts, hunting seashells and using those treasures in creative projects.

My journey through life has not always been smooth sailing.  In fact life has thrown obstacles in my path such as the death of beloved individuals including two of my precious children.  I was devastated, and my outlook on life FOREVER changed!  I’ve read that… an authentic life often begins when experiencing traumatic and unexpected events in our life.

I began an intense search for answers about (what happens to us after death).  I  read books and joined online support groups for parents whose children died… we ALL belonged to a club none of us wanted to be members of.   During my grief journey, I was extremely fortunate to find compassionate people from all over the world who understood what I was feeling; who offered support and encouragement.  But, most importantly, during this time I found that EXPRESSIVE ARTS especially INTUITIVE PROCESS PAINTING played a HUGE role in healing my heart and helped me begin living a more authentic life.  I believe the practice of using expressive arts and intuitive process painting is meditative, therapeutic and can over time help people discover the path to JOY, LOVE, RELAXATION; can HEAL hearts and ultimately TRANSFORM lives!

I’m a survivor who believes that tragedy in life doesn’t define me IT has however, EMPOWERED me to find my authentic voice encouraging me to speak my truth.  I believe when women enter Soulful heART Studio they honor the healing power of creativity by their participation in the expressive arts.

I believe one person can make a difference in the world.  And, I’m trying to make a difference by encouraging women to let go of their inner critic; to accept themselves as being ENOUGH just as they are; to practice living in the moment of “BE HERE NOW” to search for their BLISS… and, to always be looking for MAGICAL adventures in this journey called LIFE!

Credentials:

  • BFA – Barton College (magna cum laude)
  • Certified K-12 Visual Arts
    • Retired:  Art Teacher
  • Post Graduate – Museum Field Studies
    • Paris, France  –  Portugal
    • Venice, Florence, Rome – Italy
    • England, Wales, Scotland, Belgium and Germany
  • Certified – Master Facilitator of Expressive Arts & Intuitive Painting from Chris Zydel Teacher Training Program

More About Me… 

2022 TRAINING:

  • March 6 – 13 (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)

TRAVEL – Colors of Mexico Painting Retreat with Missy Ronquillo 

2020 TRAINING:

  • May 1 – 10 (Mixed Media Floral Course)

ART – Self Study online course with instructor, Ardith Goodwin

  • October – November (Patterns and Shapes Painting Course)

ART – Online six week course with instructor, Ardith Goodwin

  • November 13 – January (GatherWell Community Connection)

ART – Online seven week course with instructor, Ardith Goodwin

2019 TRAINING:

  • June 10-16 (EOM Studio – Mulranny Ireland)

TRAVEL, Gather, Create Retreat with Ardith Goodwin

  • June 26 – July 8 (Pink Lily Boim – Portugal)

ART – Travel Journaling with Linda Chaves

  • July 9 – July 12 (Paris, France)

ART – Travel Journaling & Vincent van Gogh Immersion Experience

2018 TRAINING:

  • YEARLONG CLASS (on-line study)

Push Past Ordinary Painting Class with Ardith Goodwin

  • October 4 – 7 (Donna Downey Studio)

Abstract Painting Workshop with Ardith Goodwin (Charlotte, NC)

2017 TRAINING:

  • September 8 – 12 (Donna Downey Studio)

Portrait Study Workshop with Ardith Goodwin (Charlotte/Rolesville)

  • June 8 – July 10 (Pink Buddha Studio)

Painting and Adventures with Linda Chaves (Portugal)

  • June 1 – June 7

Independent Art History Study (Paris, France)

  • February 9-20  (Mountain Home Ranch)

Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program Graduation (California)

2016 TRAINING:

  • November 6-13  (Mountain Home Ranch)

Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program (California)

  • November 1-6

Paint Your Inner Dolphin Retreat with Lara Printz (Hawaii)

  • October 19-23

REME Art Retreat with Jodi Ohl (North Carolina)

  • September 24th

Soulful heART Expressive Arts Retreat (North Carolina)

  • May 6-15, August 5-14  (Mountain Home Ranch)

Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program (California)

  • February 9-14

Impact Painting Workshop with Ardith Goodwin (Alabama)

  • January – December (second Friday of each month)

Art After Hours @ The Artists’ Loft & Gallery (North Carolina)

2015 TRAINING:

  • December 5th

Demo… Intuitive Painting Process at Artists’ Loft & Gallery (North Carolina)

  • October 15-17

Pamlico Fine Arts Show Turnage Art Gallery (Washington, NC)

  • September 19-20

Demo… Intuitive Painting Process

20th Annual Wake Forest Artist Guild Studio Tour (North Carolina)

  • August 12-23

Abstract Art Retreat with Jeanne Bessette (British Columbia, Canada)

  • March 15 – April 22

Intuitive online Painting class with Chris Zydel (www.creativejuicesarts.com)

 AFFILIATIONS: 

  • Wake Forest Artist Guild
  • North Carolina Art Museum sponsor
  • Creative Arts Society
  • National Art Educators

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:

  • Soulful heART Studio & Gallery on the Young Farm, 505 & 507 East Young Street, Rolesville, NC
  • Little House Museum & Gallery Main Street, Rolesville, NC
  • SuzAnna’s Antiques – Soulful heART Shabby Chic space, Main Street, Rolesville, NC
  • The Creative Exchange – Soulful heART Gallery space, Main Street, Rolesville, NC