Influences & Inspirations
Because no artist is without those who came before.
Jayber Crow / This Day
Robin Wall Kimmerer
edited by melissa k. nelson
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Me and White Supremacy
layla f. saad
Parable of the Sower
octavia e. butler
Cold Mountain Poems
How to Do Nothing
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
Nassau Coliseum, May 15 & 16, 1980
Cats Under the Stars
jerry garcia band
On the Beach
A Seat at the Table
Song for Our Daughter
abiquiu, new mexico
While living in Colorado, I adopted a sort of pilgrimage down to Taos/Abiquiu every year. I began going at a time in my life when I was looking to embrace my independent nature- having a renaissance of self. I decided to go and explore the places where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted that felt near and dear to my heart since being a young child surrounded by her work in our home. I went unaware of how more than anything, I connected to Miss O’Keeffe there through the timing of the trip and the way she as well moved west in order to find her footing alongside the natural world. For me she is a pioneer woman in the sense of redefining what it means to be in connection with the landscape as a woman and artist. This place represents that to me. My dog Piper was also found in New Mexico when she was 3 months old- and when we would go she always seemed to soften in a way that seemed like she new she was home.
The Colorado Front Range
Douglas Firs, Yucca and Prickly Pear, Big Bluestem Grass, Indian Paintbrush, Big Basin Sagebrush, and Rabbitbrush. This place was home for me for many years while in Boulder. I got to know the trails and plants by walking them nearly everyday with my dog, Piper. Witnessing the seasons shifting- when the grasses would turn dry, prickly pears set fruit, yuccas blossom, aspens light up, and the gumweed oooze goo…The merging of biomes here along the Front Range is an incredibly special place to me.
In many ways I grew into myself here- spending ages 18-24 living in Boulder. I began to see first hand how taking a walk in the natural world was truly the best teacher. Any trying emotion I was feeling could be supported and mended (at the very least, temporarily). My dog walks (in the woods, along the shore, in the desert) have become an incredibly important part of my life, and something I owe much of my mental health to.
Champlain Valley of Vermont
I grew up here, just east of Lake Champlain, in the fertile Champlain Valley in Charlotte, Vermont. The ancient rolling mountains with Camels Hump, organic farms and the culture/community they foster, fireflies, creemees, stark seasons, sugarbush, and swimming holes (and of course Champ, the friendly lake monster). I learned how to work on a farm here, tend the earth while growing food for a large community of people. I learned both what a hard, long day of work looked/felt like (as well as the reward), and the importance of supporting local organic farms- how vital they are to an area. I grew up with the New England values of self-reliance, humility, and grit. Vermont will always be home. And was home to many generations of family members before me.
Electra, Lillian, Birgit, & Kim
critical conversations with gretchen jones
Gretchen Jones of Weird Specialty is the business Doula. We had a few sessions now over the years, but even after the first I felt more invigorated and inspired than I have in a long time to really look at my business practice/ethos head-on and make some shifts to drop into my authenticity as a creator and entrepreneur. So much is packed into each session- coming from all the angles (spiritual, emotional, economical, social, environmental, physical…). I was surprised to see how much came up for me emotionally- as well as Gretchen’s intuitive powers that were very apparent. I urge (especially those working as a team of one) to not be shy about seeking objective points of view and getting outside perspectives (from trusted and welcomed sources) often! See for yourself.
Putting in the work for unconditional compassion- both for the self and others. I found this meditation many years ago and it has strengthened my work in this area immensely. Especially to explore/mend the inner voices that tend to be quite hard on myself. I believe in compassion as a religion: something I feel incredibly drawn to understand and practice, despite some days it being harder than others.
mindfulness based therapy
The days where there was a stigma around going to therapy are OVER, people. This has been something keystone to my wellbeing as a business owner, artist, and engaged human. If you have access, I truly believe finding a mindfulness based therapist in your area is the best thing you can do for yourself (and those around us…). We all have demons, many more than we may think…give yourself the space to heal and learn how to truly thrive in a way that is unique to you. For yourself, your partner, your friends, your community.