Flow State is described by psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi as that moment when, “The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” Mandala making gets me into flow state. Confusion fades and clarity peaks. Ideas coalesce, and problems that I’ve struggled with for months suddenly find their own solution. I am so focused the physicality of the the paint, the rhythm of my pencil or brush, and the simple joy of shape recognition, that the burden of my constant judgement is suspendedRead More →

In times of intense change, I’ve always turned to art. Whether an overt trauma or a major life shift, art making has helped me transform chaos into personal growth. Sometimes, there are no words adequate to describe the tumult of emotions roiling around in our brains. I first began patterning with written words, effectively turning language into nonsense, after a cataclysmic car accident in my 20’s. I had no idea that this would become a major underlying theme in my practice. Later, while I was preparing for the arrival of my first child and my body seemed to be taking center stage over my mind,Read More →

Catchpenny, my second project with LayerCake, was released in serial format. After studying market trends and considering the young adult audience, I designed Part One: Wicked Lover to win fans and get them hooked. It worked, and audience interaction was the best part. I also produced our first book trailer, teaming up again with the band Her Last Boyfriend for the music. Our leading male had stolen more than a few hearts. We were even asked for pictures, and they demanded that the story continue! My favorite response was a fan’s interpretation of a scene after the school Homecoming dance… Main character Meg Shannon was equally popular asRead More →

The Tramp was my first project with LayerCake Productions, and it introduced me to the possibilities of working across genres. We blended visual art with music and storytelling, and every day there was a new problem to solve, some new software to learn. I realized how much art making, writing, and music were intertwined–how they both come from the same subconscious creative well–and, as the brand ambassador, I learned to emphasize the connection. It was unique, and we often had people ask about how it all fit together. It did fit together for us, and The Tramp quickly became a lesson in social media marketing.Read More →

One of the shortest, most thrilling, and overtly mystical books of The Old Testament and the Kabbalah, this ancient text is filled with surprisingly sensual and erotic language. Bird or bee, flora or fauna, queen or peasant–there’s no need to belong to any particular religion to appreciate this timeless love song. Download the complete version in PDF form, along with my FOREWORD: Book 22, Song of Solomon Beloved 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for your love is better than wine. 1:3 Your oils have a pleasing fragrance. Your name is oil poured forth, therefore the virgins love you. 1:7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,Read More →