About the Artist

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I am a mixed media artist and a ICF-CERTIFIED coach. I work in both practices and also in the places where they overlap.

 

As an artist and a transformational coach, I specialize in helping you create more life-giving connections with yourself and your world. A good conversation invites understanding and being understood. Connections are forged, and when they are strong and deep, we thrive.

I am based in California's hurried, hectic Silicon Valley, where human connection is fleeting and isolation commonplace. My work offers a thoughtful, optimistic antidote for the overwhelm.

Integrating the creativity and wisdom of coaching, art, and the art-making process, I help you reconnect with what matters most to you, for your best good and for the good of those you love and lead.

Read on for the longer story:

BEGINNINGS

I've been an artist since I was two, when my mother first put big sheets of newspaper on the kitchen floor for me to paint on. She knew I liked painting big. She also kept a closet full of magical shoeboxes. Each one held something different – thread spools, popsicle sticks, ribbons, beads, clay. My big after school treat was getting to choose 3 shoeboxes for making something. Summers were for art classes, long hours of reading under the tree and plenty of projects on the kitchen table. The kitchen table also saw many a late night talk with my wise mother, whose insightful questions, compassionate listening, and guidance I treasure.

 
My favorite part of being Commissioner of Fine Art at my high school was getting to make giant banners with giant words on them.

My favorite part of being Commissioner of Fine Art at my high school was getting to make giant banners with giant words on them.

 

Books awakened a love for words and invited me to explore new worlds of imagination. Even the shapes of letters fascinated me, and I spent hours drawing people's names different ways and making them out of different media.

 
The names on these hats were made of felt and velcroed on so they could be flipped when the hats were worn. My mother didn't flip hers, so it read “WOW”. They were gifted for Christmas, filled with cookies and popcorn.

The names on these hats were made of felt and velcroed on so they could be flipped when the hats were worn. My mother didn't flip hers, so it read “WOW”. They were gifted for Christmas, filled with cookies and popcorn.

 

DESIGN

I studied Graphic Design in college, where the fine art and design departments were distinctly separate. By the time I graduated with my BFA, I no longer saw myself as an artist. I was a designer.

I worked at an advertising agency and freelancing followed a few years later. Direct conversation with clients, designing visual communication, and the thrill of a deadline were invigorating. Still, I was curious about more meaningful work. Volunteering with a faith-based organization to design student conference content opened the door, creating freedom for me to spark connections through unconventional, thought-provoking learning experiences. I got to use my favorite media: time, space and people, delivered in the form of theater.

ART LIVES AGAIN

 
“Sorrow” Each tear is beautiful, even when we feel barely stitched together and it’s hard to stand tall. What sorrow do you bear?

“Sorrow” Each tear is beautiful, even when we feel barely stitched together and it’s hard to stand tall. What sorrow do you bear?

 

My artist self was reborn in darkness. It is there that light becomes most beloved. As a domestic abuse survivor, I came to a deeper knowing of the human cost of not building good into the spaces between us. The visual language of shape and color gave me a way to speak what was long held in silence. Making something beautiful out of the terrible became an act of determination, resilience, and redemption. This was when I understood art as a force for healing.

The progression looked like this: sewing blankets for new babies > quilting > impatience with how long quilting took > painting on canvases > sewing on canvases and painting on quilts > making art from a bag of hand dyed silk samples > entering a piece in a local show > feeling dejected at not winning anything > the gallery director calling after the show closed and offering me a spot in a group show and could I make 20 pieces in the next 6 months? YES!

However, art had to do more than just hang on a wall. Art has a soul, a voice, something to say. Why not let it be the springboard into deeper conversation? So I used the exhibit labels to pose thoughtful questions to consider as people viewed the work. I treasure the many wonderful conversations that resulted. At some shows, I also placed journals by each piece so people could write a response, and also read the responses of others, creating a wider understanding that included many voices.

COACHING JOINS IN

 
“The Lovely In Between”, detail

“The Lovely In Between”, detail

 

My passion for the intentional work of building better connections launched me into a program of study in coaching, certification as a Transformational Coach, and also certification from the International Coaching Federation. Whether it's a show, a workshop, a custom commission, or a coaching conversation, I am eagerly exploring all that is possible at the intersection of art and coaching. It takes my breath away to make a way for people to engage with their own transformation and be set a little (sometimes a lot) freer . It is an honor to bear witness to real change. Creating safe spaces of invitation where this can happen is my deepest joy.

Integrating the creativity and wisdom of coaching, art, and the art-making process, I help you deepen the connections that matter most to you, for your best good and for the good of those you love and lead.

Credentials/Education

Certified Transformational Coach, Western Seminary
Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
BFA in Art, specialization in Graphic Design, California State University Long Beach
I have also studied Narrative Coaching with David Drake, “Healing Through Art - Training the Trainer” with the CSU Institute for Palliative Care, and Art4Healing methodology with Laurie Zagon.

 
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More information:

Color workshops: coachingcolor.com