Be one of the over 2000 youth and adults who have learned to paint with nature for joy and connection.
When you take a class with me you will feel confident to paint with natural ease anywhere, anytime. Playful hands-on painting adventures comprised of powerful sensory ways to shift into connection are coupled with the most essential skills for painting success. Soon you will have a painting practice to call your own and a fresh way to love nature through your own unique creative expression.
Beauty Muse: Painting in Communion with Nature
In this book you will discover nature-inspired tools to ignite a painting practice to call your own. With over 100 easy-to-try painting activities, inspiring narrative and vibrant colour images, Beauty Muse: Painting in communion with nature is a rich creative painting companion.
“Let the beauty we love be what we do” -Rumi
A painting, like an earth prayer,
rises from the depths,
whispers hope, on the wind.
I paint with nature’s beauty- her patterns, colours, movements, shadows and elemental tensions. I began almost three decades ago painting how I feel as a kind of painting journal practice, letting my hands choose the colours. Then my world burst wide open when on an impulse painted the way a vase of tulips feels instead of the way it looks. I was so entranced by both the deep connection I felt and the beauty of the image that I continue to begin my paintings in this way with both hands in the paint with my eyes closed to feel into nature and my own heart.
As a teacher I offer Paint with Nature workshops to youth & adults using powerful yet easy-to-learn techniques that use touch to connect then create. I teach in the garden, forest, by the sea and in my studio; also at retreats, schools, art camps, wilderness programs, and on the sea. I call myself a “nature-taught” painter (I made that up) and have a Doctorate in Transformative Learning from the University of Toronto with a focus on creativity and nature connection. I am president of the Salt Spring Gallery, an artist-driven fine art collective. I live, work and play on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada and love gunk holing around the Gulf Islands on my sailboat Phoenix. Learn more