An Artist, Teacher of Transformational Art Courses & Journey Accredited Life Coach, I’m passionate about teaching the painting of light as a restorative and rewarding practice of self-discovery and unfolding potential.
I believe in…
…Inspiring and supporting people during times of loss, illness and change through discovering and expressing their light – so they can replenish, envision and move forward with a renewed sense of purpose.
…helping professionals, retired, on sabbatical or long service leave, re-ignite their creativity and gain effective methods for self-expression so they can feel fulfilled and sustained into their future.
…nurturing my clients’ creative process so they can make paintings that remind them of who they really are and what they love.
…empowering my people to discover freedom of expression with real skills so they can be and do more than they previously thought they could… and be luminous!
Dr Suzanne Moss is a professional Artist, Journey Accredited Life Coach & former university lecturer in drawing, painting and the Old Masters. Teaching art to adults since 2006 and Accredited in The Journey Method since 2010, Suzanne has innovated mindful art methods and a coaching system foundational to her transformational courses, retreats and programs. Part of the global mindfulness movement, Suzanne’s mission is to help people create contemplative spaces for self-discovery with art and creativity coaching so they can experience the well-being that comes from self-love and greater sense of purpose.
As a young Physiotherapist, I was also an avid student of drawing. Enthralled by the work of Leonardo da Vinci since my mother gave me a book about him when I was 14 years old, I dreamed of going to Art School in Florence. Ten years later, I went.
On returning, I thought I was supposed to be sensible and ‘settle down’ so I married, set up private practice with a colleague and had a baby (She’s a wonderful 27 year-old now!) I continued working as a Physio for several more years. Most of my days were spent in a small room. My future stretched out in front of me full of other people’s problems. My marriage had failed. I had chronic neck pain and my hands hurt. I knew I had to change track.
During this time, I met Bev Raward, a painter and generous mentor, and also Laurie Redgrave, a Royal Academy Watercolourist who became my teacher for several years.
Taking a few large leaps of faith, I had my first exhibition, sold my practice and went to Art School. Needless to say, it was …challenging! We lived in a converted shed, then after a year, moved to a better art school in another city. My mentor died.
As a BVA student, I worked very long hours and gradually became unwell with severe headaches and allergies. On graduating, and even winning prestigious awards, I felt a long way from my true art practice. My solution was learn more, work harder.
Consequently, I went into the doctoral program. I’d commenced training with The Journey and the guided self-enquiry method led me to the revelation that I wanted to paint what love looked like. Light, in other words. This led to my dissertation and exhibitions ‘Painting Light, Touching Space’ and a surprising body of paintings over several years.
I became a better teacher and coach with lots more training, mentored, tutored and lectured in visual arts alongside my research. Around the time of the final examination, I found a very small lump, but actually forgot about it. Meeting the love of my love eclipsed most things!
The following year I got the diagnosis of cancer, had surgery and went through treatment. And the year after that, my beloved fiancé Grant died suddenly of a heart attack. My own heart fractured and mind seemed to be a black space.
I wrote to him every day and after a couple of months, began to paint again. He inspired me. I invented my first private meditative art workshop based on the methods I’d discovered during radiation. The only thing that gave me relief from firstly the anxiety, and secondly, the grief, of course I also cried rivers.
After a year, I went to India on pilgrimage. And over the next few years, travelled a lot; deepened my coaching skills, had a few solo exhibitions, saw some amazing art and was artist-in-residence internationally.
My sessional work at the Art School ended the day before my father died. I delivered my first creativity workshop for 20 academics. I’d worked hard for a whole month drawing together many threads to create it, and they loved it! Continuing to do lots of research and development, I created my own creativity coaching system and Nurturing Creativity Method. Developing 3 levels of training, I present locally, interstate and internationally; a 2 week retreat in Florence and a weekend course for a Franciscan community in Germany – both dreams come true!
Honoured to study East Asian Calligraphy with Zen Master author and teacher Kaz Tanahashi at Berkeley and Tassajara Zen Centre, my inner peace returns and I feel joy again. I visit my long-distance mentor, painter Deborah Barlow in Boston and thanks to her, see one of the most inspiring exhibitions I’d ever seen at the MFA – Seeking Stillness – three times!
The following year, I moved to Melbourne and study Clinical Pastoral Education, looking for a field that might welcome my work, however, I developed an auto-immune problem and felt unwell most of the time.
My new mentor appears beside me in a bookshop. With her help, I face my challenges and begin to restore my health. I began teaching art privately again, and redevelop my courses into substantial, pragmatic and spiritual offerings combining my passions for painting, teaching art and clearing the blocks to inspired creativity.
I ‘stay on the bus’, knowing my methods work and realising through my remarkable students the value of care of the soul through nurturing authentic creative expression. I sustain my own art practice, making paintings of colour and light.
Soon I’ll be delivering my signature painting course locally and planning 5-day international retreats: “Paint your Light & Be Luminous!” Please contact me if you are interested in hosting a small group retreat or individual tuition. Have transformational courses, will travel!