YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN SACRED SPACE "Celebrating The Hunt"
There are places in your environment which constantly catch your passing eye, and there are places where you would love to have a little prompt for centering yourself and enjoying your moments just a bit more. As heart-fully and as well as you can, you collect items & art and reminders of what you hold near and dear.
Fine art opens your heart, clears your energy, soothes your countenance and brightens your soul. Art feeds your inner spirit and ignites your unique personal imagination.
You make large choices in art to assist large life quests; you make smaller art choices to also assist large life quests--and the potency of scale is equally vital. You can create your own sacred space by surrounding yourself with what deeply and truly matters in order for you to live your truth and joy.
WHY I WORK
With decades of a shamanic healing practice and human energy systems education, I come into my art intending an imprint of healing the split of our souls from our Source.
I paint earthy and concrete displays of a naturally healed life on this planet, images of my tender explorations internally and externally, works offering a glimpse into the dance of nature’s subjects with their environments--primarily soft-edged and integrated with each other. My work is not a literal translation but a metaphoric translation of the natural senses. Nevertheless, no piece is non-objective. Each begins with the form for the narrative. And, this is how I move into this Contemporary Organic work.
Studio sessions are led with the myth-mantra of the day, mine or yours. My work moves from a micro image of Terra-crawling experiences and placing these within a subjectively interpreted landscape, developing the micro image into larger semi-abstract symbolic work. With multiple perspectives seen across the canvas, a flattened reality is created. This moves the eye from highly personal tiny visuals into layers of dreamscape/landscape/terra-forms.
My visual themes run through personal mythology, abstractions of "images of exploration," delightful spirits-of-place, and the quest to see and feel and portray the energy of the land and world. I have spent decades painting and writing in the field, working in southeast Alaska, living in the Rocky Mountains, and traveling the midwest to the western coast. I now live in the metropolitan Portland, Oregon area.
Patrons have acquired my work for the sheer joy of a gentle reminder of living a balanced and inwardly stable spiritual life; for the pleasure of a strong yet contained palette; for the peace of living with a contemporary mandala/sacred hoop shown in non-culturally specific ways.
ENERGY STUDIES AUGMENTING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
Teacher Training at White Lotus Foundation, 1996, Santa Barbara, California.
Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, 1997, Los Angeles, California.
International Professional School of Bodywork, 1997, San Diego, California.
Private Lomi-Lomi training, 2000, Kauai, Hawaii.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage Therapy, 1997-2000, Santa Monica, California and Kauai, Hawaii.
Foundation for Shamanic Studies in core shamanism, Three-Year Graduate and Advanced Trainings in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, 1996-2001, West Coast, USA.
Sacred Dance private instruction 1993-2004, Los Angeles, California.
Raised in southeast Colorado in wilderness, open plains of Nebraska, and rolling dells of Wisconsin.
Relocated to Berkeley, California as a young adult.
Fifteen summers in SE Alaska fjord forest, geologic field work & plein air painting.
Relocated to southern California and continued watercolor studies.
Conducted a personal exile to southwest Colorado near-wilderness for seven years where hiking, crawling, gathering and painting were paramount.
Relocated to the Portland metropolitan area summer 2012.
Painted and drew as a child, continuing throughout her maturing years.
Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, 1969-1971, interior design and fine art.
Berkeley, California, 1972-1978, drawing, watercolor, life drawing and sculpture at University of California, Berkeley Extension in San Francisco, Mills College, Oakland, California; plein aire watercolor painting Monterey, California University of the Pacific, Stockton, California professor.
Sierra Madre, California, 1983-1990, watercolor studies with a National Watercolor Society award-winning instructor; drawing and portraiture.
Painting and drawing in remote “field” locations for decades, 1971-Present.
I am a painter, creating rich, earthy, wholesome art,
using internal & external imagery.
Each canvas is scribed with the four sacred directions, some obscured by overlays of the created imagery, some quadrants remain quite apparent. I currently work with acrylic on cotton canvas, with the paramount theme of healing the split of our soul from our Source.
I was a watercolorist for decades. The medium suited me so well. As a geologic field assistant, I could sketch easily with small tools, and with longer periods of time, I could set up a table for working my art in the field. It is there that I found my way of seeing the energies-of-place and fell into interpretations of nature.
With decades of a shamanic healing practice and human energy systems education, I came into my art intending an imprint of healing the split of our souls from our Source. My work must come from a deep prompt to state a visual mantra which sustains, beckons, advises, heals. I live by asserting connection with spirit and nature.
My work moves from a micro-image of Terra-crawling experiences and placing these within a subjectively interpreted landscape. With multiple perspectives seen across the canvas, a flattened reality is created. This moves the eye from highly personal tiny visuals into layers of dreamscape/landscape/terra-forms.
Over the years, I have seen my palette grow from primary hues to earth-hues; from firm-edged to softened edge forms. This is nothing I tried to ‘do,’ yet have noticed this evolution. It must be working, as I am deeply comfortable with my finished paintings as well as nourished in my studio practice simply by the colors which have found their way into my creative expression.
Whether landscape, figurative, or abstract sacred hoop forms, I begin with delineation of the four sacred directions, which hold us on this planet wherever we are. This is what holds the work and somehow gives purpose to a piece.
I greatly admired the Bay Area/Berkeley abstract artists. They reached into me, and at the same time left me on the surface of something. Around that same time, in my very early adult years, I heard Ahmad Jamal play the piano and I was riveted to the wall! I was overcome with the mastery of craft through ‘simplicity.’ That was music, and I am a visual artist, yet the authenticity required to be truly alive and influential in your own path is the same. I was so moved to seek that authentic voice.
I now work with the simplicity of an authentic prompt to represent the guidance of the day. It is clear to me that my days are just like yours, maybe not in the same order. My voice is through the visual arts and painting, and someone else cultivates their voice through their chosen creative way. I paint with acrylic on canvas, and it has been an evolving life-giving process of exploring mediums and dancing with my certain design abilities augmented with what I want to express. When it holds to and keeps with the precept of “finding my way home’” then I know am successful in my personal world and in others’ worlds and lives.
Cherilyn SunRidge | 503.407.3771