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Always first priority.  As a teenager, her mother paid for private toll painting lessons for both of Them, her first experience with oils.

Then life changed.  She had to choose what subject to study in college. Even though she was very good at art and math, she chose math.  Like many of us, She walked away from her passion hoping to come back to them later. She tried several times, but as it often happens, was too busy.

Life was rich with experiences for Lucinda, And at the age of 22, she put a backpack on and moved to Europe where she worked and traveled for a year and a half. Highlights were learning to speak French fluently, working on a rabbit farm, and spending time in famous European fine art museums.

After returning to Oregon, Lucinda studied Spanish and spent a year of college in Mexico where she became fluent in her third language. When she graduated with a BA in Spanish, She moved to Morocco. Lucinda married there and had a son, and taught English for two years.

When I returned home once again to Oregon, raising my son and managing a full-time job left little time for art. I went 25 years without painting. I expressed my love of art and beauty in little things like arranging flowers from my garden into a beautiful bouquet or creating a colorful salad. The desire to paint was still buried in my heart.

Serendipitously, a dear friend asked her to teach him to paint four years ago.  Where Lucinda unearthed the dusty old acrylic paint and brushes she had guarded dearly since high school for our weekly painting sessions. Putting brush to canvas again re-awakened the joy of painting in Lucinda . . . These butterflies are an expression of that.

Lucinda still works her full-time office job in salem, and active in road biking, and gardening. Painting has helped rekindle a passion which enriches her life on many levels. Lucinda is excited by the energy of colors and how they stimulate us. Lucinda loves the butterflies because they are magical and appeal to people around the world marking a joyful moment when they show up in our lives. Ancient ones believed they represent transformation. Whatever they bring to you, she hope it’s a smile, and perhaps even inspire the rekindling of passions and creative pursuits set aside long ago and far away.

She has taken several art classes through college, where she earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.   After graduating, she started taking scenic photos and began creating Steampunk jewelry made from some new but mostly recycled pieces of jewelry.

Melissa found her passion for photography again as she felt inspired by the beauty of the forest and the healing that came from visiting such magical places. It wasn’t long after that she began to hold such a reverence for nature that she began creating other forms of wearable art such as glass terrariums filled with mosses found along the many rivers throughout Oregon, to pieces made with feathers that are gifted to her after the hunting season.  She also felt moved to make ‘bee jewelry’ to raise awareness and respect for the tiny creatures who are dying out, but are such a great importance for our own survival.

She continues to use art as a form of expression and healing. Her hope is that that others will find a sense of connection and perhaps some healing in the pieces she creates.

To us in every way possible from the air we breathe to the vegetation that nourishes us physically and spiritually. Mother earth speaks to us in many forms and ways. It has been her greatest pleasure to capture some of that wisdom and spirituality in photographs she have taken during her travels. 

Each photograph has a message, a motivation or even a memory that is unique and different for each person who views it as is true with all inspirational art. It is our earth speaking to us in the most loving way possible. Spirit guides us to find the message this art is bringing, as it might well be known only to you. 

Claire has found a profound connectedness in mother earth that reaches deep into all aspects of her life. When we respect the earth and take better care of our environment, we naturally start taking better care of ourselves, which in turn allows us to care better for our family and loved ones, which in turn inspires them to take care of the environment as so on and so on. She hopes you find as much joy and empowerment in owning one or more of these photographs that clearly speak to you as it gave her in taking them. 

Over the years, many of these locations that Claire has visited have become extra special to her in that it was where she received great personal insight that helped her grow. It is through her photography that Spirit shows her beautiful and awesome images of faces and bodies formed by Mother Earth. 
 
Claire is clairvoyant and clairaudient which allows her to hear and see spirit forms in the earth as well as talk to the Spirits of those who have passed on. She chooses to use her gifts to help others by empowering them to achieve what they desire and continue the journey they came here to live. To read more about Claire check out her other web site www.Goddessofspirit.com and www.Earthcreatesart.com. 

Kate


Kate enjoys using what she finds in nature as her canvas to draw and paint on. She uses her talents as an artist when working in her garden and on the continued renovations of 

Through this process she uses the visions and feeling she receives while digging and playing in the earth. Nature is her backdrop for the artistic expression that becomes her art work.

For the beauty and artistic possibilities, Also for the meaning of such a powerful symbol.

The tree of life is often seen as a powerful symbol of growth, as the tree is one of the only living things that continue to grow throughout its lifetime. The tree is also a symbol for the true self and serves as a positive, healthy model for the unfolding development of both emotional and spiritual growth. As we grow and develop, our larger and more mature personality emerges and we begin to bare our essence of life providing our gifts and bounties to the wider world, sharing and receiving To all we meet and love.

Amber


Amber Philpott is a local artist from Depoe Bay, who uses a variety of Elements and Movement to express her art.  Jewelry is one of her passions, and wire wrapping tree’s of life is one of her favorite piece of jewelry to make, not only

Lucinda


Lucinda’s earliest memories of art are coloring with crayons.  She loved to color; maybe that’s where her love of art began.  In junior high and high school, art electives were 






​Michelle once was a Madison Ave executive creative director, and now calls herself a “recovering advertising executive.”
A few years ago Michelle and her husband moved to Southern Oregon coast, Port Orford, where they opened WildSpring Guest Habitat, a small ecofriendly resort.

Michelle was able to bring her creative side out painting, making jewelry, designing cards and generally enjoy waking up deciding what cool things to create including her Dreamcatchers and Sprites.

The Dreamcatchers
Traditionally, they were meant to hang near your bed to capture your bad dreams while you sleep allowing them to dissolve in the morning sun. Michelle has one in her office where she sits most days. As she feels it helps clear her mundane mind, making way for creativity.

Each has its own personality and calls to the person it belongs to, a balance of color, proportion, light, stones, feathers and spirit. Michelle starts with a stone or item for the center piece, and then lets everything else make itself known during the process.

The Sprites
Sprites are fairies with an attitude. They have families and communities that have specialized in different elements of our world and have come to represent and master the various characteristics of those aspects.

These Sprites are inspired by WildSpring, Michelle’s home in Port Orford. They remind her of the loving, playful little energies that seem to inhabit her lovely land. They have absorbed its unique, timeless energy and are looking for new homes to spread their magic.

The Sprites respond to love and attention, and have been known to help with our hopes and dreams. They are playful, sweet, fun and even powerful… and love to sparkle. They each have a name and come with a small description of their characteristics. The Sprites are to be loved and held gently.

When Michelle starts a new Sprite, she thinks less about the aesthetics then its character. They take about 8 hours to make one, starting with fabric beads and add layer upon layer of ribbon, fabric, yarn,  jewels, feathers, beads and whatever it seems to need to reflect the true nature of the Sprite.

Michelle uses fine materials, stones, crystals, glass, handmade beads (many of them vintage African trade beads), crystals, deer lace, artificial sinew, and brass hoops. The feathers are humanely gathered. Type your paragraph here.

Claire


Claire is inspired by her passion to respect the Earth that sustains all life as we know it. Life is able to thrive fully when we stop to remember how the Earth provides so much

Artist

Her 111 year old home in Portland. Whether planting veggies and herbs, painting on canvas, driftwood, or drawing images for products, Kate is a natural at connecting and using her multi creative expression to add beauty to whatever project she is working on. Kate works subbing as a preschool / kindergarten teacher where she gets to enjoy the creative process of the young, Thus helping keep her imagination open to all sorts of new artistic creations.
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Michelle

Corrin


Corrin loves spending time with her hands in the earth where she finds peace as she connects with her creative side while at the same time feeling blessed to feed herself 
and her community through planting seeds in earth soil. 

Melissa


​​Melissa has always found deep spiritual healing and connection through art.