Ah, 2020…what a strange year. Full of new experiences, good and bad. The opening of my show at Emanate Gallery on September 5th was mostly virtual, with a handful of brave masked art lovers filtering in throughout the day. We made a little impromptu video tour of the show, which actually turned out quite nicely, …
“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.”
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.