SKYDANCER PASSED AWAY IN AUGUST 2007. 

This site is a memorial to her work, maintained by her daughters.

I sincerely believe that everyone is an artist, each expressing their artistic talents in their own unique way. We may use different tools---brushes, pencils, welding torches, computers---but what is created is the product of mind, body, and spirit.

The ability to express myself through art began when I was a wee tot and continues to this day.

 

 My art has found expression in the past with paints and inks and assemblages of found and collected things as well as entanglements of twine, twigs, gut and clay. When I attended college to study art there were no classes in computer graphics because the small personal computer didn't exist yet. My shows and awards were of "traditional" art, which encompassed a wide range from paintings to monoprints to organic-shamanic wall hangings and constructions.

For the past several decades I've been creating art with the help of a wonderful tool called a computer. My love affair with digital art began with a Commodore 64 and my discovery of computer graphics. I've moved far beyond that simple first computer but the joy of being able to “draw with light” with this wonderful new tool has never left me. Art created with these electronic tools still require all of the compositional and artistic skills I've always used in traditional work, but it has added a dimension which was not available before. I can now experiment and change directions in my work without starting over from the beginning or doing a lot of deconstruction. The result of this is that my images have better composition and color balance. I can use drawing and photography in one image. I can mix oils and watercolors and add a camera's lens flare. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to explore new directions and techniques.

I tend to work intuitively, rarely beginning with anything more than the most general idea of what I want, and sometimes not even that much. Often I just begin to play with shapes and color until the image begins to reveal itself. My work is often spiritual, often dark and complex. With it I explore my own passions, doubts, fears, joys, and spirituality. My art also asks the viewer what moves them, what bothers them, and what speaks to their own spirit.

Now, the wheel is about to come full turn as I continue with digital art but also begin to paint and do non-digital work again. The merging of digital and non-digital work is an area of ongoing exploration and I don't know where it will lead. As my non-digital galleries grow with new work, I hope you will also enjoy the adventure through uncharted territory.

In addition to being an artist, I spent over a decade studying the martial art of Ninjutsu (although I have stopped now). There are a many photos of trips to Japan in my Japan Photo Gallery. I also have a section called "Ninjutsu Memories" where there are a some photos of myself (I have very few) at various ninjutsu events. I've also spent many years studying Vajrayana Buddhism and revamped and ran the website of the Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana for some years. The Tibetan Cultural Center is headed by Thubten J. Norbu, elder brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. As of 2004 I handed the website over to others to redo and moved to Michigan. Yes, I love snow. I've also studied various aspects of shamanism through Michael Harner's Foundation for Shamanic Studies and have been exploring the power of sound---something first entered into via esoteric Buddhism and which I continue to explore after attending a wonderful Mantra workshop given by Thomas Ashley-Farrand.

Basically I'm interested in just about anything which explores the potential of the human mind and spirit. My readings along those lines have included books on shamanism, Buddhism, energy work and quantum physics.

If you want to see a bit more of SkyDancer, you can look here. If you'd like to see photos of my new little Parrotlet (as of Oct. 24, 2006), look here.

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