I'm quite sure I was born with a full set of art supplies that somehow got misplaced upon delivery. The creative urge has been with me for as long as I can remember. Naturally introspective, the quest for meaning, purpose and resolving the larger questions of life were equally as strong. The merging of these two passions is as natural to me as could be. In my late twenties I discovered a thread woven into the very fabric of life. As I tugged at it, my own life and the world as it had been presented to me came undone. while simultaneously knitting itself seamlessly back together, revealing that we are each the mystery we came to solve.
As introverted as I was introspective, when I embraced my personal responsibility to awaken to the truth of my individual soul, my soul extended itself to me in unimaginable clarity. Creativity became the vehicle through which my intuition heightened and my awareness expanded. I aligned these with my quest for truth, and my life became a metaphorical reflection of the distance between who I'd been taught I was and who I truly am. I believe this revelation awaits any who desire it and are willing to step into an introspective adventure where the traveler and the journey are one. I share the way I used creative energy to do just this. Sharing the artwork, experiences and inner wisdom that evolve along my own 'road less traveled' as well as the tools I have used and created for others to use is the reason for this little project I call Innerwyze. Not so others will follow my path, but to encourage the search for their own and for diving deep into their own well of introspective inner wisdom.
Here is an excerpt sharing my profound introduction to what I have come to call Creative Introspection.
Invitational Art Shows
Paint media shows/awards 1997 National Society of ArtistsInner man 3rd place The Magus 5th Place 1998 National Society of Artists Tapestry In Laura's Garden 4th place Kitchen Counter 5th place silver brush award 1998 International Society of Artists Blue Silk Kimono finalist Bay Area Arts Show Melancholia Honorable Mention Textile:Art-quilt shows/awards 2004 AAQG Costume Change 3rd place 2004 AAQG Bogie and Bacall Honorable Mention 2004 IQA-Houston Warhol Finalist 2004 IQA-Houston The Beatles Finalist 2004 I Remember Mama Exhibit Patriotic Star Finalist/published 2004 I Remember Mama Exhibit Ida;Bio-Imagery Finalist/published 2005 IQA-Houston Lunacy Finalist 2005 I Remember Mama Exhibit My Sleeping Beauty Finalist/published 2005 IQA-Houston (group quilt*) Leaves 2nd place 2005 IQA- Houston (group quilt*) 2012 IQA- Houston (group quilt*) Cosmic curves 2013 IQA-Houston (group quilt*) Balancing Act- IQA Finalist * group quilts were created with: Nikki Vick, Frances Holliday, Kathy York, Leslie Jennisen, Connie Hudson, Sherry McCauley, and Barb Forrester.
Innerwyze is a container for sharing my relationship with introversion, introspection and creative energy. I have artfully wrapped all this in a concept I have come to call Creative Introspection. Insight has been my greatest teacher and has predominately shown up in my life through the creative process. Because of this I wanted a place to share my work and the powerful role creative energy can play when aimed in the direction of insight.
As a retired counselor, reiki master energy worker and an artist who has deliberately focused my attention on the road less traveled, I have reaped tremendous rewards in spiritual riches and synchronistic occurrences. It took me a while to understand why there wasn't a clamoring crowd on this endless introspective journey. But there is indeed a reason this is a 'road less traveled'. Fortunately I embraced my introversion and creativity for myself despite a society big on extroverted social interaction, endless productivity and recognition. This resulted in profound revelatory experiences that forever changed my relationship to myself and the world as I experience it. Sharing my journey and the creative maps I used along the way is simply the next bend in my own road less traveled. I primarily do this through my blog, art exhibits and The Innerwyze Experience..
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