Walk in Beauty
Hi and welcome to my studio. I am an artist and graphic designer and I LOVE color. My great grandmother was the famous Taos Pueblo artist Pop Chalee and she taught me to love art and the natural world around me. I grew up in the fusion culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico which blended Native, Hispanic and Anglo cultures into a rich tapestry. I was surrounded by cowboy mystics, spiritual mechanics, artists, belly dancers, poker players and grew to love the Western aesthetic.
My grandfather Jack “Kun Funa” (Black Buffalo) Hopkins, also an esteemed silversmith, taught me about the cloud people and how to grow tomatoes. I trained in both shamanic healing and art over the years and these two disciplines would come to be more important than I could ever know.
When I was in my mid-20’s I joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Bangladesh to teach English as a foreign language. However, things did not go as planned and I found myself in the middle of international politics and a war for truth. Unbeknownst to us we volunteers became targets for religious extremism. There were points I feared for my life. Through what I believe was the protection of my ancestors and good intelligence we evacuated in the dead of night and returned to the US after just under a year of service. I returned home sick, depressed and suffering from PTSD. It was then I began to focus on my shamanic work in order to heal myself and through sacred medicine, meditation and spiritual work I became whole again.
My journey continued and years later I found myself wholly depressed again after the birth of my son. I couldn’t seem to escape from the postpartum depression no matter what I did. So I picked up a paintbrush. I had always been creative but I had not painted in many years. This was like getting back on a bike and I painted my way to sanity with a combination of discipline and spiritual journeying. I found that the more I drummed and went on shamanic journeys the more my mind would be filled with spirit animals, colors and emotions, and they all begged to be placed on the canvas. I realized then that my spiritual practice and my art were linked and one informed the other.
I am a sacred being on a sacred journey, as are you. It is my goal to inspire the sacred in those who look upon my art and to help them feel connected to the hidden world around them. Every plant, animal and human being is a sacred spiritual being and I want to honor the natural world and the spirit world with my work. Thank you for being here and taking a peek into my inner world, and may you always walk in beauty.