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.
The colors requested for this picture are light pink, yellow, white and of course green. I wanted this part of the mountain meadow to be the stock flowers that stick up into the air. I wanted to set the color but not fill it up too much like a manicured garden would be.....keep the flavor of the mountain meadow. I am going to use some daisies and other flowers for the bottom of the garden. Even though this may look simple it takes time to go through the flowers I have and pick ones that fit into the scene I want to create. I really enjoyed doing it a layer at a time....that way I don't feel overwhelmed by the process. I also appreciate my husband's feedback as he has a very good "eye". More later.......................................