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new website, new direction

This summer has been rich with deep exploration of my purpose in life and my purpose in my work. Journals have been filled with explorations of the threads connecting my work as an artist and my work as a therapist and how both of these aspects of my work flow directly from my values: connection with others, deep play, self-discovery, creative expression, transformation, beauty, and heart-centered living. A desire has been growing in me for the last several months to create a series of online offerings that bring my heart-centered transformational work to a larger audience....

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new print in shop

a photo of a mixed media painting by angela amias

  -from the other side of silence. mixed media on wood panel. 9x12- As I was finishing this painting today and waiting for the title to come to me, these lines from Theodore Roethke's poem, Journey to the Interior were running through my head: On the one side of silence there is no smile; But when I breath with the birds, The spirit of wrath becomes the spirit of blessing, And the dead begin from the dark to sing in my sleep. In other news, I am in the process of setting up my Etsy shop so it will be easier to buy framed originals. I...

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after a long absence, I return

Goodness gracious, it has been a long time since I’ve posted. When I decided to take a few days off from blogging and social media around the holidays, I certainly didn’t imagine I would be MIA until late February. I don't think I'd fully grasped the depth of my exhaustion when I first realized I needed a break. I gave myself permission to rest for the remainder of the month, but with all the holiday things, when January came I was still very much in need of more rest. Now, I’m back. Well rested and with...

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best decision of 2016

December Reflections: day 15. Without a doubt, the best decision I made this year was attending Alena Hennessy's Soul Painting retreat in September. It was way outside my comfort zone to join a group of women I'd never met for four days of painting side-by-side. It was life-changing and magical. I wrote about it more here. (Photo by Yuli Ama Luna.)...

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5 things about me

photo of affirmation I am open and receptive to extraordinary blessings.

December Reflections: day 7. I ran away from home when I was 17 and- I lived in a boardinghouse in a room with no lock, surrounded by mostly transient men. It never occurred to me to feel scared because it was the safest home I'd ever known. I got pregnant unexpectedly when I was 21 and became a mother a few days before I turned 22 and- At 30, I became a single mother with three children and no work history to speak of. In spite of all of this, I never think of myself...

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best book(s) of 2016

picture of best books of 2016

December Reflections day 5. These are my most favorite books I've read this year- I am in love with each of them, seriously. But especially both of Mark Nepo's books. And Martha Beck's. And Poemcrazy- I love it! And last month, I'd planned to write a blog post all about discovering the book The Renaissance Soul, but I never got around to figuring out exactly what I wanted to say. Here's the story, in a nutshell. I have piles of books in my living room so high they've toppled over more than once this year. I feel a...

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