Nancy Leigh Hillis

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Industry Arts
Occupation Artist and Psychiatrist
Location Aptos, California, United States
Introduction I always wanted to be an artist. I love the materials of art: the firmness of a hog bristle brush, the creamy thickness of oil paint, the texture of bark paper, the smell of plaster. I love stepping into the mystery of creation; not knowing what is going to happen and being astonished by the image that emerges. I'm drawn to exploring the reaches of the imagination and the orphaned off parts of the self. I like to see what bubbles up from the unconscious mind.
Interests Painting, Collage, Sculpture, Skiing, Existential Philosophy, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf education, homeopathy, making things by hand, dollmaking, purses, puppets, autism advocacy, Defeat Autism Now, Floortime/DIR, electric cars
Favorite Movies Amelie, Lord of the Rings, The Apostle, Excalibur, Grendel, Princess Bride, Gone With the Wind, Who Killed the Electric Car?, An Inconvenient Truth
Favorite Music Sarah McLaughlin, Carmina Barana, "Southern Cross" (David Crosby), Iz, "Thank You" (Alanis Morisette)
Favorite Books Immortality by Milan Kundera, Momma and the Meaning of Life by Irvin Yalom, Love's Executioner by Irvin Yalom, Who Dies? by Stephen Levine, The House of Belonging by David Whyte, Eternal Echoes by John O'Donohue, the poetry of Mary Oliver, David Whyte, TS Eliot, WB Yeats, and Rilke, Ava by Carole Maso, The Art Lover by Carole Maso, The Unthought Known by Christopher Bollas, Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follet