Making art energizes me and gives me joy. In both my visual and performing art, I explore states of mind and the human experience. My visual art is mostly collage inspired by abstract expressionism and features landscapes, texture, unusual juxtapositions, architecture, maps, and nature.
My preferred medium for visual art is mixed media collage. I work intuitively and respond to both current and older images torn from magazines and saved over many years. Images are sorted in files according to color and/or subject matter. In 2018 and 2019 I began incorporating torn bits of my abstract photography from many years ago into some of my collages. I also enjoy adding recycled materials, found objects, string, wire, metal, beads, stones, shells, etc.
For my performing art, I usually start with an idea sometimes informed by props or personal experiences and play for a while until a story emerges. I trust my instincts and have learned how to "humor my human" from my clown guru, Moshe Cohen (aka Dr. YooWho) who also taught me "lightfulness." Moshe helped me find my signature clown character, MeeMee HeeHee in 2003. Study with other comedic actors has given me additional tools for my performance kit. My clowning work is sometimes interactive with toys and props depending on the environment and audience. I love performing for kids and adults of all ages. I have done volunteer "clown therapy" at Bailey Boushay House and Bayridge Retirement Center in Seattle.
I have had the good fortune to work separately with two talented actors, Hewitt Brooks and Katiana Rangel to create performances based on the life of Milarepa, a Tibetan Buddhist yogi and folk hero who composed spontaneous realization songs resulting from many years of meditating in mountain retreats. The creativity of Brooks and Rangel has inspired me greatly. In 2019, Rangel and I also created a performance from the tender and elegant children's book, Duck, Death and the Tulip by German author and illustrator Wolf Erlbruch. Most of my performances are offered at Nalanda West, a contemplative resource center in Seattle, Washington that I helped to establish in 2004.