Valerianna

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Gender FEMALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Interdisciplinary artist, teacher/mentor, healer, storyteller
Location RavenWood Forest, Western Massachusetts, United States
Introduction I dwell in a peaceful forest clearing amongst tall, sweeping hemlocks. A gathering of oaks encircles my home, and ravens cling to the shadows in the deep shade of the forest beyond. They gift me with squawking and rhythmic beats of wings and call to life the wild spirit within. The mosses, stones and trees, creature beings and spirits of the deep wood whisper, inspire and enchant. I remember and dream and reclaim myself as a sacred being in the web of all life, doing my best to live my life between the culture to which I belong, and the forest which is my true home. I make things visual in watercolors, oils, ink, scratchboard, and clay/mixed-media. I sing ancient sounding songs (so I'm told) and tell stories from magical realms and the land of dreams.
Interests trees, moss, stones and bones, drawing, painting, clay, myth, magic, the more than human world, enchantment, singing and sound healing, art as prayer, sacred circles, listening deeply to the land, improvisation, creativity, ancient ways of knowing, bears, owls, ravens, wolves, reindeer, dragonflies and oh so many more! herbs, flowers, dried seed pods