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"The meaning of life is to see."
vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks
outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential
is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
My drawings are gifts received while honing my ability to
see. I have drawn and painted since childhood and have little formal training
in art. Over the past 51 years, I have "been" many things --
a classical musician (12 years), a paralegal (3 years) and for the past
16 years, a child and family therapist in settings such as a psychiatric
hospital, foster care, a residential treatment facility and private practice.
Each phase of my life has brought me in contact with persons and situations
that have deepened my awareness of that which matters. I have been graced
with the privilege of meeting many wise people- some known, some not so
known, some very old, some only three years old, who have opened doorways
and pointed me toward the next step on my way. In particular, I thank
Frederick Franck, artist/author, zen philosopher, and his wife, Claske,
who opened my eyes and helped me connect my drawing hand with my heart.
I have always been fascinated with the interweaving of daily life, culture
and the sacred. My current work with immigrant mothers and babies from
South America has enriched my life and brought new colors to my palette.
In 2002, I lived for three months with an indigenous community in the
Ecuadorian Amazon while helping the women start a kindergarten.
Living in the jungle brought about a dramatic change in my artwork --
a move away from realistic images to an evocative inner landscape peopled
with fantastic creatures. A recent trip to the Brazilian Amazon unlocked
more treasures. To borrow the words of the esteeme Sufi Poet, Hafiz, I
try to be a hollow tube - to allow spirit to move through me onto the
There is no forethought or planning of a drawing - the images leap onto
the page - often during long subway trips to the inner city as I visit
the families with whom I work. I hope my drawings will provide hope, spark
inner inquiry and bring joy to the hearts of those who see them.
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