Praying with images is how I enter into art making. For me personally, the art has been my primary carrier wave to The Divine, and every image I make is a kind of prayer. It begins with a feeling in my body, a longing in my heart, an image in my mind, and a sensing of my spirit. Art making is a rich and mysterious journey of sacred discovery that undoubtedly reveals a wisdom that's just beyond my current knowing. I come to the alter of the studio, with my pencils and paints and clay, my tools for transformation, and I open to The Source of Creation. A feeling or thought, a story or song, a liturgy or psalm, a grief, a joy, a wrestling. All of it ground for the prayer that longs to come through. A healing balm, restoration for my soul, and perhaps the soul of the world.
The title, Praying with Images, is a deep bow to Meinrad Craighead, who offers this phrase as a title to the beautiful documentary made about her life. Meinrad was an artist based in New Mexico, former Benedictine nun, and for me, a mentor into how art could become a prayer practice.
It is my joy to offer workshops and group experiences that support others to develop and express their deepest prayers through art making.