The Power of Art

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Change of Season

Change of Season

I‘ve long believed that art has the ability to soothe, heal, and create beauty in a way that nothing else can do. I also believe that our Creator wove art into the very fabric of our world. Colors. Textures. Shadows. Light. Depth. Patterns. Each tiny detail is there for a purpose.

The American Art Therapy Association stands behind the assumption that art has powers beyond that first glance. Art therapists have a unique approach to treating patients. A statement on their official website explains it this way:

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills,improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

On a personal level, I create art for myself as much as for others to enjoy.  I’m a photographer as well as an artist who works with a Wacom tablet, creating original digital paintings. I choose my colors and textures intentionally. Some of my artwork contains two or three textures. Others require seven or eight layers. One of my greatest feelings of accomplishment is when someone approaches me with a custom order and we work back and forth via my Etsy shop to come up with artwork that satisfies a specific need. I’ve created art for parents who have lost a baby; a couple celebrating the purchase of their first home; and an interior decorator who volunteers her services annually to a group home for disabled adults.

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To celebrate my love for art and what it represents, I’ve launched a 25% Winter Discount sale on everything in my gallery. Sale will end on January 31, 2014.

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Ignore the Forecast!

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Our weather forecast called for an 80% chance of rain, but anyone who has spent any time at all in the Pacific Northwest knows that we don’t let a little rain hamper our plans. So off we went, my husband and I, to explore Shreiner’s Iris Gardens near Salem, Oregon. Shreiner’s opens its display gardens for a couple of weeks every mid-May through early June, and we were treated to the most wonderful sensory overload: gorgeous layers of flowers–lupine, Giant Allium, Columbine, Roses, and of course, Irises in so many varieties and colors it made my head spin. Scattered throughout the gardens were artists busy at work on their easels next to displays of their work. Classical music wafted between rows of blossoms, thanks to the talent of a young man on a keyboard in a wine-tasting tent.

As it turned out, the skies didn’t open up and rain on us. In fact, it was sunny and bright, with just enough cloud cover to soften the light for photographers like me who were flitting from flower to flower like pollen-heavy bees.

giant-alliumI’d never seen Giant Allium quite that…giant. I made a mental list to plant a few rhizomes in my flowerbed.

Columbine has never looked so pretty, either. I had no idea they were available in so many colors! This pink Columbine was one of my favorites:


I was also awed by the gorgeous lupine, in deep shades of purple-pink and blue. So much so, in fact, that I decided to turn one of my prints into a decorative throw pillow.














I’m a little sunburned and my feet weren’t too happy after walking the ten-acre gardens, but there’s nothing quite like expecting rain and finding something else! And if you’re wondering where the IRIS photos are…well, stay tuned. I have 350 images to edit.

Dusky Pink Coneflower


“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

I’m a step ahead of Spring, I know. I’m extra-impatient this year, so I’ve been working on florals. Lots and lots of pale pastel florals. Layering a flower photo with textures is like slapping the finishing touch on a wet canvas. I suppose there’s a thin line that separates a painter/artist from a photographer/artist. Judging from some of the comments my artist friends make, we also share the same brain. Creativity feeds on creativity. The more we work at it, the more we crave the next challenge.

Today it’s a simple pink coneflower in soft, dreamy light. Enjoy.


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