I began my studies at the University of New Mexico in photography in the mid 1970’s. During that time, I was also interested in psychology, and began to attend dream workshops.

For me, art and psychology were intrinsically connected, and my whole work has focused on combining these two fields.

 

Many years later, I was introduced to the work of James Hillman, a Jungian analyst. When I began studying Hillman’s work, called Archetypal Psychology, I felt that I had found home base. Archetypal Psychology has its roots in Jungian Psychology. Archetypal Psychology looks at psychology through a poetic and mythological lens. The language, the philosophy, and the approach of Archetypal Psychology made complete sense and appealed to both the artist and the therapist in me. Later, I discovered the field of art therapy, which was a great meeting of both art and psychology. I discovered that I could make images and make meaning together! I have walked the journey that I invite others to walk, having spent four years in Jungian analysis in the mid 1980’s. That process took me winding through the ins and outs, and ups and downs of my own psychological make-up, and was invaluable training for working with others.


I am currently working on a new book...

Meanwhile please enjoy this PDF of my article "Seized by Beauty: The Imaginal Basis of Art Therapy"