I’ve been through some difficult life experiences of loss, grief, burn-out &, as a result, illness. Making mandalas has been my peace and meditation for 5 years. Before I focused on mandalas, I was an abstract mixed media artist, making BIG and wonderful messes on canvas or panel.
People that have followed my work might be surprised that I have gone in a controlled creative direction. I found when life became chaotic, my body required slow, measured, intentional practices. Mandalas are one of the few art forms that are brain neutral; meaning, they ask equal energy from both the logical and creative parts of your mind. Having your brain balanced allows for peace.
When I first started drawing mandalas, they were just freehand doodles for the #100daychallenge on Instagram.
Then, I studied sacred geometry & a whole world of history, meaning & spirituality opened up. So, I went to Staples and bought drafting supplies like compasses, protractors, circle templates & mechanical pencils! I read books like ‘The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek and most of all just spent time drawing & drawing & drawing. I love that every mandala starts with a grid of precisely placed lines and circles. I revel in the surface the grid is on and get giddy when it’s time to add colour.
It’s such a gift to have creativity in my cells, I will never stop making things & I will likely keep re-inventing my style.