After 5 1/2 very full and fruitful years with my attention divided between Seattle and Tacoma, in the interest of consolidating my energy closer to home I concluded my work at Abundant Health Acupuncture the end of 2013. I afforded myself a longer winter interlude than originally planned in the transition from January through March. As of April 9th, I began seeing patients in Seattle full time.
During the more spacious winter months, I painted more than any previous life chapter. In the wake of sending out my New Year’s card featuring Mt. Rainier (graphic above), I can’t count the number of comments about the painting, nor the number of inquiries about when I’ll show my work. In January, I had nothing in mind. I was just painting.
Since, I’ve been asked to show in July at the Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery, where I train regularly each year. And after agreeing to July, I thought I might as well show closer to home. I’ll have a larger show on display in November at Miro Tea. For the past several years, I’ve been studying a lyrical text by Zen Master Eihei Dogen called the Mountains & Rivers sutra. Current painting is inspired by weaving together years of hiking in the Cascades and Dogen’s exposition. Stay tuned for details about the upcoming shows or subscribe to my periodic newsletter via my website.
“Because mountains are high and broad, their way of riding the clouds always extends from the mountains; their wondrous power of soaring in the wind comes freely from the mountains…”
Eihei Dogen translation by Kaz Tanahashi