Crafting Tranquility through Art and Design
Almost a decade ago, I refocused my attention solely on creating works inspired by nature. My thought process shifted towards creating art that lifted my mood, rather than working through emotions in my artwork—almost like setting intentions through my work. “Creating the beauty I want to see in the world,” as my mentor and friend, Bonnie Christine, so often encourages. I became somewhat obsessed with the way natural forms effortlessly create beautiful compositions that seem to soothe my soul. In the last year, I’ve realized a significant reason behind my work is to bring more of nature’s abundance and fluidity into my life. This led me to question how this might psychologically affect our well-being. My research quickly led me to Biophilic design and numerous studies that demonstrate how incorporating colors, art, and imagery from nature positively affects our well-being. Now, I’m fully embracing this concept, hoping that through this process, I can bring the warmth, playfulness, beauty, and abundance found in nature directly into our homes, thereby fostering more joyfulness and peace in the world.
The Roots of My Artistic Journey: From Farmland to Canvas
From my early childhood surrounded by farmland, to the intricate botanical patterns in my recent work, the art and design that I create is deeply intertwined with nature’s abundance. This relationship with the natural world has taught me how art transcends aesthetics, becoming a channel for uplifted emotions and the transformation of spaces.
Surface Design: Weaving Tranquility into Everyday Spaces
In my pursuit of surface design, I’m fascinated by the potential of artwork and patterns to transform indoor environments into sanctuaries of tranquility—providing a place of rest and a feeling of wholeness. My aim is to capture the healing essence of the outdoors, bringing the serene and the sublime into everyday spaces.
Historical Inspirations: Echoes of the Arts & Crafts Movement
I’ve been deeply inspired by artists like William Morris and Walter Crane of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Their influence on home interiors has paved the way for artists like myself to bridge the gap between art and design. This influence and coupled with my own experience working for a high-end printing company for over 7 years, has enabled me to seamlessly merge the beauty of past craftsmanship with the innovation of today’s design technology.
Transformative Spaces: The Impact of Nature-Inspired Installations
During a recent installation, I setup the space with these intentions in mind. Viewers were moved to share stories, write poetry, and open up emotionally, highlighting the deep connection we all have to the natural world.
Biophilic Design: Merging Art, Well-being, and the Environment
By integrating art influenced by nature into our homes, I aim to create designs that connects us to the natural environment for our well-being. Through patterns inspired by flora and the organic forms found in nature, my work invites the outdoors in. Frank Lloyd Wright stated it best when he said “study nature, love nature, stay close to nature”—the older I get the more my work becomes about the study and appreciation of our natural world.
As I continue to explore the intersection of art, design, and nature, my goal is to offer works that not only enhance aesthetic appeal but also contribute to the well-being of those who engage with them. This vision is about inviting individuals to incorporate elements of nature into their personal and professional spaces, fostering a deeper sense of peace and connection, and creating a positive well-being as a result.
Art as a Catalyst for Well-being: The Science Behind Nature’s Impact
Recent studies underscore the significant impact that nature-influenced art has on our mental and physical health. For instance, research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology reveals that viewing art depicting natural scenes can reduce stress, improve mood, and even speed up the healing process in patients recovering from illness.
Blending art with elements of nature isn’t just about creating something beautiful to look at—it’s about weaving a sense of well-being into the fabric of our everyday lives. When we invite the outside world in through art, it’s like we’re unlocking nature’s own healing abilities right in our own spaces. Imagine the tranquil blues overlooking the water or the lively greens of a lush forest right on your wall. These aren’t just colors; they’re an invitation to calm, a way to soothe our minds, lower stress levels, and boost our focus.
From Vision to Sanctuary: Creating Environments that Nourish the Soul
With a profound appreciation for the natural world, my mission is simple: to enrich the home with spaces that restore and bring peace, imbuing them with a sense of abundance, nourishment, and wholeness. This mission gained profound importance to me as I navigated motherhood. Our home, though small, is meticulously curated with intention and wonder, from the fragrances that fill the air to the hues that paint our lives. My goal is to envelop not just my family but every individual in an environment that fosters nourishment for the soul and a sanctuary for growth and happiness. By weaving carefully designed patterns and artworks inspired by the natural world into the fabric of our daily lives, I endeavor to create more than just visually appealing designs; I aim to promote a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Amid the fast pace of contemporary life, I am committed to providing a haven where the inherent beauty of nature serves as a constant source of inspiration, peace, and well-being.
I hope you can embrace the transformative power of nature-inspired art and design in your life too. Explore my collection and find the perfect piece to enhance your well-being and transform your space into a serene retreat. Discover how the beauty of nature can inspire peace and well-being in your daily surroundings.
References for further reading:
- Kellert, Stephen R., Judith Heerwagen, and Martin Mador, eds. “What is and is not Biophilic Design.” Metropolis Magazine, 2015. Metropolis Magazine
- Browning, William D., Catherine O. Ryan, and Joseph O. Clancy. “14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.” Terrapin Bright Green, LLC, 2014. ScienceDirect
- Yeo Ju Chung. “The Impact of Art Therapy on Mental Health and Well-being.” Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2023. Frontiers
- “How to Bring the Outdoors into Your Home.” The Washington Post, 2023. The Washington Post
- Brown DK, Barton JL, Gladwell VF. “Viewing nature scenes positively affects recovery of autonomic function following acute-mental stress.” Environmental Science & Technology, 2013 Jun 4;47(11):5562-9. doi: 10.1021/es305019p. Epub 2013 May 16. PMID: 23590163; PMCID: PMC3699874. NCBI