Art heals – artist and viewer. This is why I paint.
Many years ago, an exhibition of ancient Chinese calligraphy at the Seattle Asian Art Museum confirmed this healing power of art to transport viewers to another dimension, to a sublime stillness where everything becomes one . . .
Drawing from my practice of Asian calligraphy, I create abstract ink or acrylic paintings where my challenge and joy is to capture the essence of the chosen theme. This can be inspired by time spent in nature, places, an idea, a feeling, calligraphy folios, bamboo, wise words, etc…. At times, I don’t have a theme other than following the breath…
After setting up my table and supplies quietly, mindfully, I start, breathing in… and while breathing out…, start the first calligraphic stroke. And then, the journey begins, one step, one stroke at a time, sometimes slow and steady, at times fast and furious, at times hesitant, playful… forgetting and remembering to stay anchored in the breath.