I started drawing when I was 6 years old, sitting between my parents on long summer road trips. I continued to study and paint through high school and college.
I was taught that art wasn't practical and now that I was an adult I needed to be practical. I now had to earn my living, which was something I never thought about while I was drawing and dreaming. So I put down my paint brush and earned money in many mundane ways, always feeling outside myself. Always longing for something more.
For me, dreaming lead to awakening. As I began to pay attention to my dreams, I started to write them down. Then I drew them. And painted them. Art opened a window to my soul. It helped me understand my own deepest feelings and longings. It became a sacred practice by which I slowly gained access to my internal wisdom.
"I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely... My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive."
~ Mary Oliver
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