My Happy Place
For the last six years, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to teach for the Sedona Arts Center every April and November. How did I get so lucky? Well, as my brother Alan likes to say, “Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity.”
How I Got Here from There
Many, many years ago I came to Sedona on vacation. I loved it so much I could hardly go home. The art galleries, the Arts Center, the amazing red rock views, the vortex energy, the spiritual connection…. I had to figure out how to come back. Upon my return home, I was persistent at reaching out to Uptown Sedona art galleries, trying to get them to represent my collage artwork. I also emailed the Arts Center to ask them how to be considered as a workshop instructor.
One thing lead to another, I was accepted into the Lark Art gallery, my Paper Paintings Collage Workshop was added to the Sedona Arts Center course offerings, and the rest was history–and opportunity.
A Spiritual Connection
There is a spiritual pull for me here that I cannot truly explain. I will say that every time I come, my first stop is at the Chapel of the Holy Cross where I pay homage to some very special friends in my life who have gone on before me.
The architecture of the Chapel is amazing, it’s built into the buttes of the Sedona rock. The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In the sculptor’s words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.”
Universal appeal. On any given day, you will find people from all faiths and nationalities making their own spiritual connections with Sedona at the Chapel.
Sedona is full of natural beauty, the vistas will never grow old to me.
No matter what your fitness level, there are hikes to follow that present the adventurous with some of the most spectacular views they might ever see. Because the town of Sedona is nestled down in the Verde Valley, the rocks just shoot upward all around you, making for 360º of amazing views.
Oak Creek meanders through town, keeping things green and offering an oasis from the heat in the warmer weather. You can dine at L’Auberge de Sedona and sit so close to the water that you might drop your fork in it.
I kid you not. Kerplunk.
I never take for granted the amazing art opportunities that I have had, and continue to have. A great big thanks to all of you who have sponsored me to travel to you and teach, and to those of you who have come out to learn from me. Thanks to the many of you who have purchased my original artwork, or prints. I truly could not continue to say “I love my job.” without the support that you have shown me through the years.
Thank you for being
a part of my