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I am not just an artist. I am many things and one of them is an Art Collector. I have pieces from all around the world from some amazingly talented people. Gifts to the planet! I recently had the great blessing to discover a wonderful creator named Maya Telford out of North Vancouver, BC – Canada. Her work “speaks to me”…..so much femininity and softness, yet strong and powerful to the soul. For years I have collected similar works from other artists I have encountered along my journey. I really do not have anymore shelf or wall space, but some how I manage to “squeeze” a new piece in now and again. This is my latest collection piece titled “The Perfected Soul” and it really mirrors how I am feeling these days…..what a wonderful adventure I am on and with each day I can feel my soul heading exactly where it belongs. I always go back to the “mother”, “inner mother” or the “divine mother”. If you love to be in touch with your spirituality and to connect with others who do too, you will really enjoy checking out her work. You can see more of Maya Telfords’s work here:
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Do any of you other artists ever collaborate? Work on photography together? Paintings? Music? I tend to be a loner when it comes to my work, but I have had some really great opportunities to work with some amazing artists from around the World on pieces of art that really challenged me but ultimately brought me great satisfaction.
The piece above is a joint effort between me and my husband William Patrick. We headed to the beach with his box of toys and I handled all of the choreography and staging while he snapped the shots. I also handled the post processing.
Down the Rabbit Hole was a very interesting project that I shared with a Canadian artist named Geraldine Gracia. What we did was each sent each other a package filled with all sorts of bits and pieces of things we collected. The rule was we had to use EVERYTHING in the package in a mixed media piece. We could add to it, but we could not subtract. It really got my imagination going and the end result was a surprise to me. I to this day continue to sell this piece regularly…so glad it speaks to so many.
Balancing Act was another collaboration piece. I have done these many times with other artist and it is always fun to see what we create!
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Someone posted on my Facebook today that I ought not say anything that shatters the illusion of my “good girl” status. I had to laugh because I did not know I had one of those. Now I do not believe I am a “bad girl” either. What is a “good girl” anyway? Is she one that stays quiet or only says things to flatter their husbands or their children? Is she one that does not stand for anything? Does she only wear clothing that covers most of her skin? Does she never curse and never ever have a drink in a bar? Does she cook dinner every night and keep the house tidy? Would she only paint flowers and puppies? There is no such thing as a “good girl” because there is no Worldwide agreement as to what constitutes this label. We have one for “water”, but when it comes to women all else is just an opinion usually based on religion. If you look around my portfolio you will get a glimpse into my personality. I have many facets including dark and gothic imagery. I believe in peace, love and equality, but I am certainly not afraid to tap into my dark and/or sensual side. There is a Country song performed by Patty Loveless that describes me well: I ain’t the woman in red, I ain’t the girl next door, But if somewhere in the middle’s what you’re lookin’ for, I’m that kind of girl….
“Good girls” don’t get raped right? In this piece titled “I Wanted To Tell You” I visually express the oppression of women….all of the women who are forced to stay silent……all of the women who MUST be “good girls”.