One often hears – life is short – and yet we put off the joy of creative fulfilment. Until when? A life-threatening illness can bring things into sharp focus!
During my journey through cancer in 2011, two things became very clear.
Firstly, I yearned for a space to be; a space where I felt gently held; a space that invited my brow to soften, shoulders and belly to release their tension and simply be with myself in a kind way. My anxious mind settled and meditation became easier.
And I made a different kind of art. Intuitive, calming and meditative, anxiety eased away completely as the afternoons passed in creative flow.
Inspired about the power of my creative practice, I delved deeply into creativity research. Along with my experience as an artist and university painting teacher, over the next few years I devised, tested and refined a new framework for both nurturing creativity and guiding art-making as a contemplative, meditative practice.
These lived experiences are foundational to my work. I can help you create your special contemplative space, and learn to paint as a profoundly nurturing mindfulness practice.
‘Paint from the Heart’ is now transitioning to an online format and will be available from mid-November. The course can also be experienced as a one-to-one retreat over 4-5 days. ‘Solace, Colour, Light: Meditative Art’ is a course those who would like to develop a contemplative art practice.
My students often follow their course with ‘Illuminate Mentoring’ so they can continue to develop and be supported. Most of my work is online these days, so we can work together from wherever you are.
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Many years an Artist making abstract paintings, ceramics and installations of both, Suzanne has been a Visual Art educator since 2006 when she also began mentoring painting students. Awarded The Australian National University Medal for her humanitarian Honours project ‘Love in the Violent Day,’ Suzanne has since completed her doctorate on the painting of light (2010), trained in teaching, spiritual care (CPE1), Visionary Leadership, Meditation and Life Coaching Certification with The Journey Method. Her mission is to create spaces for contemplation – inner and outer – to help people listen inwardly and reconnect with what really matters to them, so they can experience greater clarity, meaning & joy. The long dark night of the soul after serious illness in 2011 and personal tragedy in 2012 led Suzanne to the innovation of her creativity-nurturing coaching framework and methods. Her in-person and online workshops, courses and retreat programs focus on nurturing creativity alongside developing hands-on skills with mindfulness. All processes are described and practiced in ways that anyone can do, building skills and confidence as participants see the often remarkable results of their unique creative expression. Suzanne’s paintings are held in national and international collections, and have been exhibited in curated group and solo shows nationally, most recently in ‘Of Colour & Light: Womens’ Abstract Painters’ Biennial’ held in Melbourne. She has presented her programs in Australia, Italy and Germany and paints from both painting and ceramics studios in rural NSW, Australia.