Living in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains I am surrounded by unparalleled beauty. The open wild spaces, untouched terrain and clear night skies nourish my imagination, bringing connection between my inner experience and what I see in the dynamic world around me.
My journey as a painter has been slow and steady, much like the flight of a moth, which takes more than fifty years to reach a flame.
As a child, I would paint and draw—always happy when being creative. As a teenager, I learned needlepoint, embroidery and beadwork. I loved the play of colors and being immersed in a dream world where time lost importance, and I would simply be in the joy of creativity.
I went to college to study physical education, but it wasn’t a good fit. The arts continued to draw my attention, so I changed majors.
I loved being in the world of paints and pencil. I relished playing with color, and I enjoyed tapping into creative possibilities and being encouraged to do so. My education felt like a huge field of play, resulting in a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
As the beat of life continued, I explored many avenues:
- I earned a B.F.A. Keene State College Keene, N.H.; planting a seed that would germinate many years later
- Studied and taught dance
- Became a massage therapist
- Earned an Associate degree in Nursing. I was a practicing R.N. for the next seven years, completing a cycle in the journey
- I lived off the land
- Gardened organically
- Got married
- Gave birth to my son, Forest in 1981, whose life has shown me that Love has the power to create infinite possibilities.
Throughout all these experiences I maintained a connection with painting and artistic endeavors, as a hobby.
I would frequently go to fine art shows, and I harbored a secret longing. It was a silent whisper to myself that I would like to create a living as an artist. This whisper haunted my footsteps throughout my adult life, spanning many decades.
My turning point came with my mother’s death. I was sitting in her assisted-living home, holding one of her cool, surrendered hands, my sister holding the other. We held vigil, patiently waiting in the last hour of her life.
Softly, in the background, Simon and Garfunkel sang, “Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.” This was an apt description of this moment, and now, like the song, she was being released from her pain.
With her last breath, I inhaled deeply, as if taking my very first one, tears streaming from my eyes. Next, Simon and Garfunkel sang, “Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on the way.” Hearing that, and feeling the weight of my mother’s life gone, I said to myself, “No more excuses—it’s time to paint.”
I made that proclamation in 2005. In that time, I have created many paintings. I spend my days orchestrating symphonies of color and allowing myself to be absorbed in the movement of love, life and beauty. My greatest joy is sharing this art, encouraging you to celebrate yourself, and to bring art into your home to reflect your own gifts and joy.
The process of creating paintings ignites my spirit. I am moved to create and participate in the world in a way that reflects life, love and beauty. It is my desire to share in ways that can refresh one spiritually and connect one viscerally to beauty, acceptance and love unbounded.
I live in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where nature is wild, the night skies are vast, and the daylight has a brightness that invites my spirit to dance. In this environment, the forces of the unseen that create such magnificence inspire me. I feel the movement all around me, creating endless textures and colors.
This is what I capture when I paint, whether I am using oils, acrylics, pencil, or pen and ink. I express the movement I feel within, creating art that ranges from abstract to impressionistic, filled with vibrant colors that dance across the canvas and into your heart.
- 2014 – Makers Tour and Expo, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
- 2014 – EcoLiving Yoga Studio solo exhibition
- 2013 – Makers Tour and Expo, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
- 2012- 13 – Shy Rabbit Contemporary Arts, International Group Exhibition, “The Art of It All”
- 2012 – Saint Mark’s Church, “ICON: Visual Expressions of the Sacred” – Durango, CO
- 2012 – Breckenridge Arts Festival
- 2011 – Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, Group Exhibition
- 2011 – Field of Play Art Studio/ Gallery, “Dancing with the Divine” Solo Exhibition – Pagosa Springs, CO
- 2010 Handcrafted Interiors “Karina Silver” – Pagosa Springs, CO
- 2009 Pagosa Springs Arts Council, “Juried Exhibition” – Pagosa Springs, CO
- 2008 Saint Mark’s Church, “ICON: Visual Expressions of the Sacred” – Durango, CO