My method is a form of active imagination using the language of paint and image to dialogue with the unconscious. Beginning with a background that has many nuances, like the clouds, having no plan or idea in my mind when I begin, I stare at it for as long as necessary, rotating the canvas so that it can be viewed from all angles. I stare until images begin to emerge. I continue in this venue until I feel as if the painting is beginning to heal me deeply when I gaze at it. Each of my paintings is done in this manner. My medium is Golden Fluid acrylics on canvas.
I am Dr. Susy Sanders, a psychologist in the rural mountains of Maine. I have been studying depth psychology in one form or another since 1968, when I began a lifelong practice of partnering with the I Ching. I am presently developing a retreat center in rural Maine where people can learn the method of Emerging Image painting and reflection.
Laura Smith is an Archetypal Dreamwork Practitioner, working with clients internationally. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her partner of 18 years raising heritage breed livestock on their 78 acre farm. When she’s not wrangling sheep, you can find her painting or writing in her studio, connecting to the healing energy of the earth, or engaged in laughter and general mayhem with her friends and family on various parts of the globe.
She regularly writes on the dream blog In Search of Puella and her art work has been featured at venues in the Burlington, Vermont area and has been published in deLuge (2011, 2012, 2015 re-launch), in Collective Magazine (2014), in Still Point Arts Quarterly (2014), and in The ARAS Poetry Portal (2014).
Patty Sabatier is 66 years old, has been diagnosed ans treated in traditional Psychiatry as Schizo-Affective for 38 years and has been in Jungian Psychotherapy for 31 years. She lives in California where she is a public health nurse for the HIV Program.
She gives herself primarily to the community at large as an artist, writer, speaker, and teacher. She struggles today with the only call she has ever known which is to know herself as one. The game of relating seems to her as superfluous when she knows her truth that all is one.
Art by Leslie Nolan
Leslie’s is a Contemporary Symbolist, who paints as a spiritual practice. Her art is a visual diary, articulating her emotions, concepts, and perceptions, using color as a source of vision and form as point of reference. Her paintings inform her and elicit a response, sometimes visceral, touching on a deeper wisdom from the unconscious mind, making it conscious and manifest.
The teaching healing symbols that embody her belief system are expressed through current mystical studies in Christianity, traditional Peruvian energy medicine and Kabala. She explores the transformational energy within symbols, sacred geometry, traditional biblical story or cosmological mapping. Her work uses Intentional Creativity, the technology of rightbrained, left-brain processes that utilize painting and writing which inspires deep creativity. Active imagination and meditation provide an internal seed intention that is sought through visual journeying. Creative space, once set, is made to hold that intention, where opportunity, miracles, and transformation happen through mindfulness.
Many a painting is started with an intent to heal or inform – Creating a portal, a threshold to enter over and through the painting. Transcending time and place, the medium of paint, symbol, poem, and color, becomes the vehicle through the veil, as her longing for Spirit, and connection to the Divine, is answered through this work. Using complementary colors, creating vibrating intensities that evoke vitality, this color expression, reinforced by her graphics foundation, creates a potent marriage where color, symbol and design are vehicles
for her wild internal visions.
These visions contain imagery of a spiritual, allegorical nature, expressing a creative and controlling force of energy,
either by means of a symbolic figure, The Divine Mother or a focal action, revealing truth on human existence. The subjects are spiritual icons; The Feminine Muse, The Higher Self, The Divine Mother, indicating a connection to personal mythologies. The talisman in her creations is both mythical and biblical and expresses a substantive cure for both artist and witness. Working with the Feminine Divine, her aim is to heal and offer hope.
These icons can be simply defined as energy. Her imagery affects the viewer through the quantum emitted through the artwork, tapping past personal unconsciousness of the witnessing community, to the collective unconscious, which transform and re-informs the artist. One purposes of her art is to create or depict positive energy in order to help the viewer shift negative thinking or negative energy into positive energy towards healing. This is accomplished through the talisman of her art making and teaching in her creativity workshops to woman and girls. Each viewer is also able to participate while witnessing these dynamic creations. Infusing her work with intention and the flow of Spiritual energy, it is Leslie Nolan’s goal to develop work as a talisman of healing. Sharing it’s content and impact, she strives to connect and inspire her audience, in their awakening to heal and shine
light towards their own personal creative evolution. Additionally, it is her intention to facilitate, sharing the common ground of human expression through the language of art, where diversity and beliefs can be honored, either personally or in a collective community.
Leslie Nolan is an entreprenuer, visionary artist, motivational speaker and founder of Leslie Nolan Design. She works with creative entrepreneurs who have lost their mojo and inspirational vision and helps them reclaim their power so they can find the courage to create their Great Work. She inspires pathways to problem-solving, creative breakthrough and fosters healing and clarity as inspired in the lecture, lab, studio, or workshop. Through the magic of painting she helps clients uncover their true genius so they can stand empowered and shine.
A graduate of Pratt Institute, Leslie is a seasoned graphic designer and marketer of Nolan Design–an award winning graphics studio in practice for over thirty years. Her Intentional Creativity teaching has inspired adults and children at healing centers, along with her enrichment classes in the Spring Lake
School system, International Consciousness Research Laboratory, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of Monmouth / Middlesex County, as well as mentorships in private practice.
Leslie is a Contemporary Symbolist, whose visionary paintings have been showcased at The United Nations World Conference for Women Against Violence. She was invited by The Museum
of Contemporary Art in New York City to bring her group to participate in a collaborative art project for The Draftmen’s Congress with Pawel Althamer. Her work has been showcased at The Reiki Way Healing Center, Her Church in San Francisco, and Wetherholt Gallery in Washington D.C. as well as galleries
throughout New Jersey. She lives and works from her home studio with her husband
and soon-to be adopted foster son. While holding the space for others to create their Great Work, she dreams of building a retreat and workshop—the Sol Barn studio, harnessing solar power energy as well as the positive creative power of inspired entreprenuers, into her back yard.