The primary purpose of my art is to explore the power of imagination and creativity for holistic healing. The primary intent is to stimulate spiritual curiosity, wonder and delight. Art is my sanctuary. I am a multidisciplinary artist. Painting, ceramics and photography are good mediums for my holistic focus. With them I explore facets of natural beauty and sensuality, often centering women, sometimes myself, with flora, fauna or animals. The work is part spiritual offering; revering the Natural Feminine and part healing practice. Some of my themes advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and some for the protection of Nature often drawing a connection between the two. I am passionate about ecology and wildlife. An aspect of my work rooted in ecofeminism, specifically aims to promote understanding of environmental science and sustainability, express human connection within and to the natural world and create immersive art experiences to educate and inspire guardianship. Human-animal hybrids often find a home in the mythology of my work in homage to land-based spirituality. Embedding human forms into flora, fauna and forest scapes speaks to this connection. Placing myself in my work adds a facet of self-reflection and allows me to explore the nature of my own femininity. By authoring the empowered Feminine narrative as a vibrant and fecund force of nature, I am reclaiming the damaged parts of myself, replacing pain with beauty, despair with hope. I created Gaia Tree Arts Studio in coastal Mendocino as an art refuge. It also serves as an immersive art experience for visitors who can stay for retreats. Fostering personal, social and environmental wellbeing is at the root of my art in whatever medium I use.
Process I like the feeling of wonderment that creating art can bring and also invoke in the viewer. When the artwork leads, I am less in control and more in a receptive state which is healing for my mind. It becomes an intuitive dialogue of emotional response using a different part of the brain. I find mysteries appear and forms reveal for me to emphasize with my personal aesthetic. Art making in this way becomes a rejuvenating spiritual practice by encouraging a flow state in the artistic process. Teaching others this process is part of my art-wellness offering.
Benefits of an Art Practice
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I create art commercially and for personal wellbeing. People often ask me what my medium is. I have to say I am an artidexterous, multidisciplinary artist (mouthful though that is) as the list of mediums is long; tattooing, jewelry making, clothing design, printmaking, illustration, coloring books. painting, ceramics, sculpture, collaging, digital new media and photography, modeling, web and graphic design, board game development.
Journeys Originally from Europe, my American adventure started in 2000. After several years on the East Coast and gaining a diploma in massage therapy, I explored life in spiritual places, developing my offering of holistic therapies and creative practice in Sedona, AZ and Tulum, Mexico. Arriving in California in 2012, I have focused on higher education and entrepreneurship. The remote and beautiful Mendocino coast in Northern California called me to continue my spiritual and creative practice for self-healing and growth where I was able to create a live/work art studio called Gaia Tree Studio, It also serves as an art filled getaway for folks visiting the area.
Sharing The Medicine
My goals are; to facilitate art wellness practices for others to research the therapeutic effects of ceramics to become proficient at visually communicating important environmental and scientific issues to support and expand the crucial art of ecofeminism through education and focused art making
Thank you for your interest and support.
Pending BA Studio Art and Environmental Studies Humboldt State University, CA 2018 - 2021 Ceramics Mendocino College CA 2016 - 2018 Certificate in Web Design and Digital Imaging Berkeley City College, CA 2002 - 2004 Diploma in Massage Therapy Groton, CT 1997 - 1999 Loughborough Art School Loughborough,UK 1992 - 1996 Stamford High School Art Student Awards, Stamford, UK
Member of National Society of Leadership Phi Theta Kappa
Professional Art Experience
Commercial Illustration/ Graphic Design/ Website 2006 - present Logos, posters, brochures, novel illustration, websites, Art and Craft Fairs 2014 - 2017 California; San Diego, Bay Area, Mendocino Jewelry, clothing, silk painting, pet portraits Tattoo Artist 2010- 2012 Vortex Ink, Sedona AZ Interior Decorating 2000 - 2002 Connecticut, UK High end house painting and special finishes. Commissions Painting; Portraits Pet & People, Murals 2018 Berkeley, CA - Assistant to Juana Alicia, Street community mural 2017 Redwood Valley, Santa Rosa, San Diego - Pet Portraits 2016 London, UK - Private Mural 2016 Mendocino, CA - Pet Portraits/Commissions 2015 Berkeley, CA - Pet Portraits 2014 Hull, UK - Pet Portraits 2011 Sedona, AZ - Collaborative Mural 2010 London, UK - Baby portrait 2007 Page Springs Sanctuary, AZ - Retreat/community mural 2005 Yorkshire UK - Family Portraits 2002-4 New London, CT - Pet Portraits 2001 Bradford, UK - Pet Portrait 2000 Brooklyn, NY - Commission 1998 Baston, UK - Mural Venues 2021 Gaia Tree Studio Fort Bragg, CA 2019 Noyo Center for Marine Science Fort Bragg CA 2019 Icons Mendocino Village CA 2018 David’s Cafe, Fort Bragg CA 2018 First Friday Art Walk 2017 Berkeley Massage and Acupressure CA 2016 Leilas Cafe Berkeley CA Art Shows 2019 Mendocino Artist Co-op, CA Project Gayatree collaboration 2019 Mendocino Art Center, CA Juried Exhibition 2018 Gualala Salon de Refuses, CA Cash Award for #3 9 Graces 2009 Solo show at The Temple Sedona, AZ 2004 Wolf Sanctuary Fundraiser New London, CT Curation 2019 Art and Craft fundraiser at Caspar Community Center, CA 2018 Gaia Tree Studio hosted “Project Gayatree “ collaboration 2018 First Friday Art Walk Fort Bragg, CA Personal Art Projects Present Foramina Illuminated - Building social bridges with art and science focused on environmental justice Present Garden Gaias - Sculptural ceramic water vessels for sustainable gardening practices Present Art Flowing Life - Art Wellness video tutorials 2019 Gaia Tree Studio Sunday Sessions - community Art Wellness Facilitator 2019 - Present Digital prints 2018 - Present Gaia Tree Arts Eco Apparel 2007 - 2009 Art Wellness Retreats, Page Springs Sanctuary, AZ Coloring Books 2019 California Coast Coloring Book 2017 A-Z of Animal naps 2010 Javalina Trail Other 2017 - present Mendocinoheart.com - Online Artist Marketplace - web, graphic design, social media analytics 2008 - 2009 Temple Quest - Holistic Board Game - graphic design, R&D Collaborations 2019 One of 120 artists participated in a multifaceted sculptural installation in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum as part of the 5th, “CROSSCURENT” show. The sculpture is titled “ALONE” invited by Alan Chin and curated by Yasunari Nakagomi and Lydia Takashita 2018 GayaTree Multimedia Fine Art Fort Bragg, CA 2013 Burning Man, Art Project support crew 2011Vortex Ink Murals, Sedona AZ Teaching Personal art instructor Massage and Spa trainer Workshops Taken 2019 Ceramic Sculpture with Beth Cavener, Volcano Arts Center, HI 2019 Cob Building, Oregon 2018 Glass sculpture, Mendocino Arts Center 2015 Airbrushing, Personal instruction, Berkeley 2005 TEFL teaching English as a foreign language
Other Professional Experience and skills 2004 - Present Healing Arts Practitioner: Self-Employed, Independent Contractor, Employee at; spas, retreat centers, chiropractic offices. Additional skills : PR, accounting, inventory, designing and training of spa services, website building, professional customer service. 2017 - Present AirBnB Host: Active management of Gaia Tree Arts Studio for guest retreats including; maintenance and cleaning, accounting, customer service. 2010 - 2012 Co-owner Tattoo Studio: Active management of Vortex Ink, appointments scheduling, payment processing, PR, tattoo services, hygiene management. 2007 - 2009 Retreat Center Manager: HR, PR, accounting, inventory, designing and training of spa services, website building, professional customer service. Project and property management. 1992 - 2006 Service Industry: Professional customer service, food and hygiene training and certification, time management, multi-tasking, payment processing.
Volunteer People: “Check It’ - Consent Club HSU Rape and Crisis Hotline Guidance Counsellor Fundraising for Safe Passage non-profit for domestic violence survivors Animals: Elephant Sanctuary Phuket Thailand Humane Society Dog walker/trainer Horse care and training
Interests and Hobbies Art Museums, Art History, New Media, (3D mapping, AR) The education of environmental science through art and technology, creating tangible solutions to environmental and social issues through art and technology, research and the study of art for social and personal healing, psychology, philosophy, healing arts, art wellness, art therapy. gardening, nutrition, herbalism, naturalist and environmental studies including animal conservation, oceanography, ecofeminist art, ecological art, land-based art, land-based spirituality, sustainability, bioplastics, 3D printing.
International Travel for art and cultural education, language immersion 2019 UK, Thailand, India, Cambodia, Japan - Volunteering, art museums/history 2018 Mexico, Belize, Guatemala - language immersion 2018 Iceland, Germany, Denmark, UK, Cuba - Art museums 2017 France, Portugal, Spain - Spanish/French language immersion 2010 Mexico 1 year of art sabbatical and Spanish language immersion 2006 Hawaii - Massage CEUs 2000 America NYC - Art museums 1999/2000 Canary Islands - Spanish language immersion 1999 France, Spain, Italy, Greece - Art history
Recommendations Evan Hobart Former Ceramics Instructor Mendocino College PO Box 326 San Geronimo, CA. 94963 415-342-4138 firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Woody Instructor Art Department HSU Dave.Woody@humboldt.edu