Cuba Lou

​​​​Vessel of Joy

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Valley

Vessel of Joy

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Myrtle

Frieda

Umbrella Days

Embrie

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Brody

Stretch

Vessel  /ˈves·əl/
noun


4.  A person or other being especially regarded as

      holding, receiving, or embodying a particular quality.

The intersection of flowing curves and firm angularity within the practice of yoga intrigues me.
Inspired by my own experience, this series of geometrically grounded pieces considers how 

“the principles of yoga apply to all people, to all bodies,” as Matthew Sanford asserts in

Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence.  Dedicated to transforming loss into potential by awakening the mind-body connection, Sanford is a pioneer in adapting yoga for people living with disability.  Pointing out that “we all live on a continuum of abilities and disabilities," he embodies my belief in

the healing power of yoga for everybody. 

Reach

The ancient Japanese art of origami

transforms the simple and ordinary

into the complex and extraordinary. 

Multiple dimensions are particularly evident in the origami crane,

which has come over time to symbolize
hope and healing during challenging times. 

Tradition holds that if one folds 1,000 cranes, one’s wish will come true;

in this spirit, the paper birds are often offered as a gesture of concern and caring. 

Inspired by this act, I've been painting colorful cranes and

sharing them as a wish for well-being!

Flock of Colors II

My custom dog portraits

are worked from your photo.


Prices start at $150

for an unframed, 8 x 10" piece.

Eloise

Onward and Upward

Calf

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Snow Day III

Pig

Caroline Bouton Designs

Big Blue Crane

Twenty Six II

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The pieces in this series consider metaphorical definitions of vessel,

which invite one into the arena of the spiritual and inexplicable. 

Considering beings as vessels is easy in certain contexts;

for me, yoga welcomes this realm, as does spending time with dogs and other animals. 

Practicing yoga allows me to feel how my body is a container for energy,

while communing with canines reveals them to be barrels of emotion. 

Its hard to miss the overflowing feelings of a joyful dog!

As a volunteer puppy raiser for
Canine Companions for Independence (cci.org),
I was first inspired to try a watercolor dog portrait
by my pup, Myrtle. 
Perhaps I was influenced by my interest in mapping;
I now like to think of my canine portraits
as topographic dog maps!