Patterns of Calm
Thank you for your interest in my art and my story.
It was after cancer treatment in 2014 that I was introduced to a style of drawing called Zentangle®, becoming entranced by the designs and fractal patterns it inspires. I’ve always been attracted to line drawings, Celtic spirals, Indian Mehndi, Middle Eastern geometric designs, Asian calligraphy, to name just a few. So, it was no surprise that I was hooked immediately.*
Making art for me is meditation in action, eliciting patterns of calm. Abstract art, which has been around since we were living in caves, taps into a fundamental part of us – the pre-verbal part that experiences life without words. The lines, shapes, symbols, colors, etc., reflect some part of my deeper mind at the moment of their making. This nourishes my desire for beauty, focus, clarity, and harmony. The playful patterns easily transport me to another realm, allowing entry to a place of mindfulness and peace. As meaning, power, and possibility visit the design on the paper, there's also an easing into a focused and calm state of mind, making the expression of something mostly non-verbal cause enough to pursue this.
It is precisely that nonverbal part of our existence - so personal it can’t be expressed in words – that can become a kind of personal conversation within, making connections through our own individualized filters and experiences. Abstract art invites the observer to discover for themselves some deeper meaning mirrored by the work – something impactful on a personal level.
Even at that, you don't need to understand a piece to appreciate it. Whatever meaning that was present as it was created may or may not be the meaning for you. Especially since the hooks and eyes of our appreciation are always so uniquely our own...
Thank you for joining me on this delightful journey of discovery!
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