Q: What does self-care mean to you? Has this changed over the course of your life?
A: For me, self-care is a practice of listening to my body / mind / spirit... and really just that - listening. Sometimes it requires patience and/or a little self- awareness in releasing judgement(s) and sometimes it is effortless (or super obvious ha!) but whatever the context is, for me it is all about listening and observing... keeping it as simple as possible while being open to your inner guides.
Q: How does your photography relate to your wellness practices?
A: Photography brings a sense of calm and focus to my spirit, which is invaluable to me. My inner world tends to be a bit cinematic, I love the visual dialogue and stream which pours through my experience of life andexperience a sense of deep contentment in nonverbal and sensory communication...
ALSO - insert background notes here - I inherited a little vintage minolta 35mm from my Grandfather (a very precious person in my life) and fooled around with it for a while, which was my first relationship to the medium. Then - later - in my graphic design work, I picked up digital photography out of necessity - I wanted to be able to communicate in a new and more dynamic / authentic way. I feel this was an important move for me, because as life unfolded, my photography became a practice which I could relate to in a more personal, intimate way, and simultaneously created a channel through which I had the potential to express and communicate with sincerity and vulnerability some of the more emotionally intricate and layered experiences that inevitably come, in a healthy and (possibly!) transcendent way. I am all about creative processes which enable growth and expansion.
Q: How much does your geographical and physical location impact or influence your experience of wellness?
A: I live in Santa Barbara - which is truly one of the most beautiful, peaceful and supportive places I have lived / visited. We have absolutely beautiful farmers markets year round, ocean, mountains, clean air, sunshine, conscious community....SO _ I feel very grateful to have a home here.
This being said, I do travel often. Mostly for work - which is also very much for pleasure - and I love this aspect of my life. Whenever I land in a new environment, I thrill in discovering the highest-vibe food, space, art, accommodations, nature's beauty (i.e. hot springs / mountains / gardens / wildlife/ desert landscape etc. ) ... feeling safe and immersed in a new geography is a fantastic sensation. Very inspiring. Very unifying.
Q: For me, I have found that my creativity has a distinct rhythm like the seasons or a gestation period. I have periods where I am gathering inspiration, processing and percolating followed by periods where my ideas and emotions manifest in the creation of art. What is your creative process like ?
A: I hermit and focus and obsess over a project while trying not to leave the house as much as possible... and then I go out and share. I am grateful to have flexibility in my schedule so I can honor these rhythms. Most of the time ;)
Q: What is your relationship to technology like and does it affect your art?
A: Haha…. Man. Technology (!!!) I have a love/hate but mostly grateful relationship to technology at this point. Five years ago my dream was to go completely off the grid and grow my own food, have a naturally built and solar home, and just a land line.... things have certainly shifted since then! These days I hope to find balance between the digital and natural world... to integrate both in an organic, sensitive and harmonious way of of life (still, a work in progress!)
Q: The art world can be very competitive and at times superficial. How do you navigate this and maintain your authenticity?
A: Honestly, I am not super familiar with the "Art World" per say... I think I tend to gravitate towards work and artists that resonate on both an energetic and aesthetic level.... and so the authenticity is intrinsic to that. Some of my friends are insanely talentedand I love to collaborate and celebrate them (and maybe take some of their work home, if I can afford it!) it is a very loving and inspiring frequency to be in.
Q: With the demands of your role as creative director of Sun Potion how do you find the time and energy to create a space to be in your own energetic field and create your art?
A: Hmm… great question. I am at this amazing point in my life right now, where these different worlds - Sun Potion, Wellness, Design, Photography, Art, etc. - are kind of all intersecting... There is a beautiful momentum with the company that keeps me extremely busy, and by grace I am still able to connect and work with creatives who both appreciate the foods and my own style.... Of course, I am still in the process of refining my delegation skills (because you reach a point where you simply can no do everything yourself) and this is a potent lesson for me right now as a bit of a perfectionist / control freak (eek!) and so Iam actively setting up structures where I can responsibly and intelligently tend to the evolving needs of the company while creating more time and freedom for artistic expression... I am so blessed to have a partner like Scott who is basically a business genius and who handles so much of the technical aspect of the company, amongst many things.... and who understands how important my creative practice is to my sense of wellbeing... even if I come across as an eccentric slightly impossibleartist at times, he honors it and I am so grateful for that support.