I create pressed flower mandalas and art and teach mandala coloring classes and workshops for healing, meditation and to increase personal growth and creativity in the Rogue Valley, Oregon area.
When I began my journey into this art form, I was experiencing a mid-life crisis that manifested in depression. As I started gathering and pressing flowers, leaves, even weeds, the life-affirming qualities of nature began to transform the depression into joy. Through my art and the classes I teach I want to share the miraculous beauty of nature and its ability to heal and connect us with a sense of hope and optimism.
I was trained as a counselor, receiving my Master's Degree from Antioch University in 1974. For twenty five years I worked in community colleges, teaching psychology and personal growth classes and counseling. At age 50, I enrolled in an Artist's Way class, and two things happened: I began creating pressed flower art and later began offering Artist's Way classes myself. Now I'm sharing the healing I've experienced with others, and watching them move from darkness into the light as their creative skills blossom is deeply rewarding.
I had dinner with two World Mandala Class members, Carol Irwin and Jill Cobb. We dined at the McCully House in Jacksonville, Or. and had a delicious halibut dinner. We talked about how much we enjoy coloring mandalas and processing them in a group. Jill mentioned how she likes to see what comes out of a person when they color. Often what comes out of the inside of a person is different from what we may see on the outside. Jill and Carol are both inspired, creative mandala artists and will be the next two designers of the free downloads on my website. Above is the colored version of Carol's design entitled, "Pathway to the Sun". Carol designed and colored this beautiful design which will be the free July download in my mandala store. Jill will create the August free download design so stay tuned!!!!