Art of Ashtanga: Artists Reception

“Last year, the owner of my local yoga studio commissioned drawings of every pose in the Ashtanga Primary Series. The journey of making 76 drawings became a kind of inner pilgrimage. Through my own practice of Ashtanga I learned to own my narrative. Memorizing the sequence and taking responsibility for my practice helped me to begin to acknowledge my own role in life, and to be kinder to myself and others.

The early drawings were tentative and humbling: Lots of erasing, many corrections. Gradually, they evolved with more confident mark making, both firmly rooted to the earth and taking flight into the cosmos. The drawings informed my yoga practice, teaching me about alignment, form and grace. The practice, in turn infused my drawings with a deeper understanding of anatomy, balance, drishti, and breath.”

Save the Date!

So I've finally finished all 74 (I think? I keep losing count...) drawings for our Art of Ashtanga project. Phew! That was some intense work, I tell you. A year of hard work, juggling family life, my own teaching job, and a massive, research-heavy mural project on...

The Art of Ashtanga

When my yoga teacher, Laura Josephy asked me if I’d be interested in drawing every pose in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series for her teacher training manual, I jumped at the opportunity. I love drawing the human figure, and the challenge of making 75 studies felt like an extension of my own yoga practice, and an opportunity to deepen my understanding of anatomy. What I hadn’t anticipated was the profound nature of the journey, both artistically and personally.

Tahoe Activist Artists: We the People (2017)

On September 9th 2017, Tahoe Activist Artists held our first event entitled 'We the People: Visualize a world of Conversation and Connection". It was a huge, one day interactive event hosted by our very cool local co-working space, Tahoe Mountain Lab. I curated and...

Tahoe Activist Artists Human Trafficking Campaign

Myth of Choice (2018) Graphic Design by John Bollaert, Artwork by Shelley Zentner   Tahoe Activist Artists ran a campaign during the SuperBowl this year in South Lake Tahoe. SuperBowl Weekend is the highest volume time for Human Trafficking in our community. We posted...

Human Skull Study Demo

Human anatomy has always been one of my favorite subjects. When I was a teenager, I drew muscle and skeleton diagrams all over my exam papers in subjects I didn't like. Needless to say, the only subjects I did well in were related to creativity in some form or other....

Drapery study demo

When I teach drawing classes, I try to find a balance between formal, academic drawing and experimental markmaking which allows the student to express themselves more freely. I find studies like this to be incredibly valuable. The level of complexity requires an...

Sierra House Mural (2015-2016)

I was asked to paint a mural at my daughter's school in 2015, on the theme of the decline of the pollinators. The school has a strong connection with nature, healthy living and science. They have growing domes on site, and use them to teach the kids about all aspects...