I am head over heels in LOVE with Mexico. I began traveling through the interior, indigenous and richly traditional areas by the age of sixteen. My love and admiration grows with each return. Mexico permanently resides in my heart, my greatest joy is in filling yours with the warmth and charm that is always waiting there open armed. I collect "souls" that fit together in a rich tapestry of shared appreciation for diverse cultures, folk art, traditional celebrations, charm and verve! Leading folk art tours began for me in Oaxaca dozen years ago as a way of enriching the lives of those who accompany me and the many families of artists we visit along the way. This love lead me to San Miguel in 2006, where I have been leading folk art tours several times a year ever since. At sixteen Mexico became my home away from home. It was her warmth, charm, traditions and flat out creative approach to life that captured my heart. When I found Casa Carman I knew I had a discovered a perfect home for nurturing and sharing creativity with others. I began hosting art retreats four years ago with the visionary Flora Bowley and Bloom True which continues to be a sell out annual event. This year I am honored to invite three new instructors to share their unique creative voice; you can read about 2014 offerings here.
Today it is my pleasure to introduce
Roxanne can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am an artist who is constantly struck by the beauty and mystery of the world. I live at the base of the Cascade Mountains and from my
home I look down on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon. Overhead is the Pacific Flyway, the ancient skypath of thousands of migratory birds. This is my inspiration. Nature and wildlife, especially birds and insects, are an integral part of my creations. Book arts, art journaling,
encaustic painting and collage are my very favorite ways to express myself. I love to combine images that tell a story, convey an emotion or somehow have a message of timelessness. How one moment can be forever remembered in our memory... something as simple as images of a nest, a songbird, or something tangible as small as a found stone, a piece of wire, or string.
As a full time artist, I teach and design art workshops throughout the year and have had my art shown and published nationally. I was a feature artist in Seth Apter’s, The Pulse of Mixed Media, and am very excited that in 2014 my work will also be in Tracy Verdugo’s, Paint Mojo
and Create Mixed Media’s, Incite 2. Please visit me at River Garden Studio
What form of creativity continues to be the most meaningful for you?
I discovered collage, the book arts and mixed media about five years ago. Melded together these processes have evolved into a deeply compellingpath that continues to intrigue me to this day. I had been painting and drawing since I could first held a pencil. From the beginning I loved the way while creating a landscape I felt as if I was really there in the painting. And when I drew a part of nature, a leaf, a seed pod, or a flower; it seemed to became more real to me, as if I knew it’s soul.