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 excited that I have had 7 orders for the "Petal Girls" cards since last Thursday when they went up for sale. The first day I posted the cards for sale in my new Pressed Flower Art Store on my website, I received my first order on Paypal from a customer in Eugene, Oregon. It felt like one of the "firsts" for me like getting my driver's license or graduating from college. I had so much fun creating the "girls" and they seemed to take on aspects of my personality. Who would've thought that. Now I cannot pass a flower without checking out the shape of the petals to see if they would make good skirts for my "girls". The next project I want to work on is matting some beautiful laser prints of the "girls".