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 posted the card I made today using hydrangeas in the bookmark design. The backing paper that looks grey is actually silver so it is hard to get the full effect.
I got a commission to do a garden picture so will start that process today. The colors requested are green, white, light pink and yellow. So the first thing I need to do is go through my flowers and pick out the colors requested. I may need to order some pressed flowers on line as I want to use white daisies in the picture and I don't grow them. Then next thing I will do is buy and a frame in a natural wood color so I can put the picture on a peice of paper the exact size of the frame. I have found that in buying frames sizes are not always constant and sometimes don't exactly correspond to the measured size. So off to the studio to begin......I will keep you posted.