Long before I was an artist, I was in love with artists! My mother is a life long painter, and together we once co-owned a gallery. My favorite days were those, which in response to our call for consignments, local artists would arrive with loads of paintings, ceramics and sculpture. I’d climb into their truck beds or vans, and begin my treasure seeking. I loved sorting through their work and talking with them about their process. I had the privilege to handle what had undoubtedly taken them hours, days, or weeks to create. I recognized that each painting, each jar or fragment of sculpted metal was a piece of their very own heart.
Now, my own art-making, my desire for continuous learning, my intense love of artists and the creative process has lead me to an incredible new adventure. One it’s time to share! In January, I will host my first art retreat at the uber-creative Ace Hotel and Swim Club in the beautiful town of Palm Springs, CA. (There will be packages available with and without a hotel room.)
I’ve invited two of the most exciting, deeply creative and generous art journal artists and teachers I could find – Roxanne Coble and Brian Kasstle! A few days ago, the three of us met to begin our brainstorming. As they shared some of their latest work, I was transported back to my days of rummaging through artists’ wares. Laying hands on the layers of paint and collage in their journals was an incredible experience. The depth! In their work, I found such beautiful treasure, I could hardly contain my excitement. This retreat is going to be so rich, so beautiful and transformative, I truly wish I could open it to hundreds!
Since beginning my own creative practice, I’ve taught and attended a few workshops – both online and in person. I have also attended several longer art retreats – I definitely have a strong preference for in person, longer retreats. At retreats, one can dive more deeply into art making and have the greater possibility of creating relationships that last. Creating a community of artist friends is so beautiful and supportive! This is an aspect I hope to cultivate at the retreat(s) I’ll be hosting.
It’s also my preference to concentrate my energies on hosting, rather than teaching. It’s my intention to create ease and a warm welcoming atmosphere for student and teacher alike. I want you to leave refreshed, energized and creatively inspired. I want it to be truly special and of great value to your creative life!
In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing some of the process and thoughts behind The Creative Nomad art journaling retreat – I promise full details are coming soon! Registration will open July 21. (At the bottom right of each page of this website, you can subscribe to receive my blog posts via email, so you’re updated on the latest. I won’t bombard you!)
In the meantime, my hope is that you’ll consider becoming a Creative Nomad – traveling to enrich your creative life and to gather with your artful tribe is what this is all about!