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 am continuing to create items for my June 19 Pressed Flower Art Sale. Today I am focusing on cards. I am using mostly petals and creatin designs with them. In the above example I used alstromeria petals with a larkspur in the middle Alstromeria leaves are great to use in mandala designs because of the variations in the pedals. Some of the leaves look like feathers. There is something so calming about creating mandala designs and they look so beautiful as well. If you would be interested in custom order cards, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great day and enjoy the beauty around you.