Art not only heals the one who makes it but the also the one who awakens in its presence.
I met Claudia on the edge of the Black Forest in the tiny village of Vilsheim Bavaria about 40 Kilometers from Munich. I was painting Plein Air, she was out for a jog. We had a brief exchange but long enough for me to scrawl her phone number in oil paint on the back of my canvas.
I would come to find out that Claudia worked in a clinic as a special healer who not only attended to the physical issues of her patients but also was adept at helping reveal the heart break and emotional trauma that cause the illness to manifest.
I believe that the artist has the potential to heal herself through her art making practice. I also believe that this healing power can sometimes be tapped into by the awakened viewer of her art.
Claudia has just returned to Munich after a one week stay in Grand Rapids Michigan. Claudia and I have spent hours and hours talking, laughing and singing our way to a partnership. She has gone home with a carefully selected inventory of art from studiobeerhorst that she intends to place in the homes and work places of her native Germany.
We are very excited to add Claudia to the studiobeerhorst team and are excited to see the way she extends her healing work with our artwork as we extend our reach among her people.