My life has been about moving across stereotypes and the barriers they create, to open the Way of Beauty to others and to myself. In my prior careers as teacher and pastor I understood this as soul work. Visual art is my third career, and in it I continue to seek to do the soul’s work.
In the midst of dailyness, dishes to do and clothes to wash and bills to manage, Beauty in its many incarnations is an important connection of my soul to the journey: art as gift giving rather than art as achievement. The internal barrier that I continue to challenge through my art is speaking in visual language, rather than in written or verbal speech.
I read on Twitter the other day that there are no good women artists. Sexism is still around, and being a woman born in 1939 I learned how to keep quiet. Being a teacher, a pastor, and now a visual artist, taught me that one must find and use ones voice in order to move across barriers and beyond stereotypes.
It’s a skill I’m still learning.