The Spiritual essence of Wolf, the Rhythms of the Lunar Cycles and the way of the Hollow Bone are some of the gifts given by my Ancestors. For as long as humans have held romantic notions about the qualities of wolves there have been those of us who have sought to tell their true story. I speak from direct experience. I lived with and learned from my wolf companion named Phoenix. She now walks beside me in Spirit.
She told me as she crossed that she would not leave, that she would return as a pup in the future to be part of the Pack. My Ancestral Grandmothers named me "Grandmother Silver Bear" for the black wolf and the grizzly who both phase to silver as they age. They told me to own my grey hair so that my crone years will be spent wisely at ThunderWolf Medicine Lodge & Sanctuary as I continue to build - A Wild Partnership with Nature.
I chose the name "Spirit, Rhythm & Bone" for my Art Gallery because it encompasses the three aspects of my business:
SPIRIT ~ represents the Art Gallery/Gift Shop where my paintings and designs exude the powerful spiritual essence of the animals and subject matter that I work with.
RHYTHM ~ carries the energy of the Medicine Lodge where I work to develop my "Grandmother's Wolf Medicine". This course aligns with the thirteen cycles of the moon and serves to facilitate the WolfWalking Drumming Circles as I share Wolf Medicine with inquiring minds.
BONE ~ represents the Sanctuary where my four legged companions; Hematite, Blade and the ThunderWolf Pack - Akasha, Lucas, Druid and Phoenix, will reside and continue to share their teachings.Sonarameans "sound, navigation and ranging"
according to the dictionary.
I was drawn back into the spirit world just as I entered this one. My split breech birth put me in the position of straddling both worlds, a survival skill I have honed from a very early age. My shamanic practice has helped me learn how to navigate both non-ordinary and ordinary reality in order to find my strengths as an artist and as a medicine person.
My drawing skills emerged and showed promise at the tender age of three.
At age twelve, my mother (a schooled tailor) taught me to sew extremely well. She was a perfectionist. My artistic education began in earnest when I attended an extensive four year Commercial & Fine Arts Program throughout High School that included drawing live models. During those four years, I often daydreamed of attending Parsons School of Design in New York to become a Fashion Designer. I studied Fashion Illustration at Ontario College of Art and attended Ryerson School of Interior Design in Toronto instead.
I now express myself artistically through sewing, painting and mixed media. In this way, I am able to bring my spiritual experiences, power animals and allies into ordinary reality thus giving them physical forms. I am blessed. I love working as a Healer, selling my creations and offering my shamanic services internationally.Phoenixwas a beautiful, sable, F1 extremely high content wolfdog who first appeared to me as a wolf in the "dreamtime" in 1989. I normally experience visions, sensations and sound while traveling in the Spirit world but this encounter was intense and very very tangible, very physically real. Much later, it was 2007 when she came to live with me in the flesh. An almost pure wolf; she looked like a wolf and acted like a wolf. As she, I and our relationship grew together, it was hard to fathom that there was even an ounce of dog in her but there are a few dog genes in her lineage. She became my mentor, my teacher, myconstant companion and my soul mate. Our short time together forged my passion and love of wolves into an exciting career. My need to know and understand wolves is portrayed in my WolfWalking card deck and my creations. I treasure my time and my memories of "my baby girl".
I dedicate my WolfWalking paintings,
my art and my shamanic practice to Phoenix. In her honor, I share the majestic beauty of Wolf Medicine and what I have learned from Phoenix personal teachings as I strive to continue to raise public awareness about the true nature of the medicine gifts offered by Wolves and Wolfdogs everywhere.
My Crone years are now spent manifesting, building and operating
ThunderWolf Medicine Lodge & Sanctuary
- A Wild Partnership with Nature