"Bringing people together through group art projects is my favorite way to witness community and unity in action. I am inspired when people unite through a common artistic pursuit for the purpose of beauty, self expression, compassion and healing".
The Butterfly Project
This 3 three year project brought together dozens of teen girls from Skagit Valley ,WA and Syrian refugees from Azraq Jordan together through poetry, cermaics and letter exploring the challenges and hopes of young woman. The project culminated in a school mural depicting a young Syrian woman surrounded by the ceramic butterflies.
*Through Voices of the Children organization
Día del Niño Project
Skagit libraries supported this art project honoring the Mexican children of Skagit Valley. Inspired by the local "Solecitos" folklóric dancers, this 5' painting hangs in the Skagit libraries. Handpainted tile border created by community member, and framing built by local craftsman, Cal Buck.
Edison School Labyrinth and Mosaic
Honoring the final wish of beloved teacher, Jill Bailey, for a labyrinth of peace at Edison Elementary to help children find a peaceful way to calm themselves, the Edison Community built a labyrinth on school property. I was asked to create the center mosaic, symbolizing the equanimity of a blue heron, and using words of peace. This has become a place where people can find peace, safety and calm during the day.