About 6 years ago I was just getting my paintbrushes in gear again while I was going through treatment for breast cancer. I came across Alex Grey's book Visionary Art and listened to his tapes, and it really spoke to me.
I wanted to make art that was uplifting and healing, something to open my heart. Beyond realism, in which the artist strives to make her imagery as representational as a photograph, leaving the viewer marveling at it's technical skill. Beyond surrealism, which often feels filled with angst, decay, and isolation. Beyond the intellectualism of conceptual art.
Still beyond ... I recognized that in order to heal my body and my life, I had to be a channel. Straight from the Creator to me. And that meant getting out of my own way - letting my left brain take a long walk while I hovered the brush over juicy dollops of color. Piece o' cake, right?
In the last 10 years of painting, some places I've found inspiration are from Tibetan tanka paintings , African wood carvings, and more recently Morris Graves. Take a look for yourself and let me know how it goes.