As a creativity coach, and artist’s mentor, I work with individuals and small groups supporting people to ‘come home’ to themselves and to strengthen their relationship with their creative self. We meet on line or in person at my home in West Sussex. I also lead short courses in creative and professional development at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. (West Dean is near Chichester, West Sussex in UK). I’ve worked in the arts and related industries since 1975 and I’ve been working solely a as self employed artist and artists mentor since 1996.
In my own art practice I explore relationships; the relationships we have with ourselves, with others and with all aspects of the world we are a part of. It is my deepest desire is to connect well in life; to be in total immersion with beings, earth and universal elements. My exploration into how we relate supports this desire. I believe that intimacy and communion come out of a certain quality of presence with one’s self and the ‘other’. For me, engaging intently with materials and techniques is one way of enabling a certain type of attention and focus which can support mindful presence. I’m currently using poetry, painting, film, and sound as mediums for my exploration. Previously I’ve made sculpture, site specific earth work, installation, and live art performance.
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi
Since 1991 I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been consistently supported in my art practice. I have been awarded grants and other substantial funding from Arts Council England, private businesses and individual patrons and have been selected for five supported residencies in Ireland, Iceland, and New Mexico. I’ve exhibited Internationally and my art work is held in private and public collections world wide. These opportunities, alongside having work published, have all helped me gain confidence, reach wider audiences, meet wonderful people, and be offered further opportunities to enhance my career along the way.
These days, whilst I continue to develop my own creative practice, I’m particularly keen to share my knowledge and skills with others. Delivering talks, workshops and individual mentoring allows me to pass on some of what I’ve learnt from working in the arts, education, psychology and business since the 1970’s.
I want to help individuals recognise the value of their unique creativity, encourage them to choose to invest in that relationship without compromise and to reap the benefits by gaining confidence, clarity and ease.
I have an honours degree in Art and Design (Wood, Metal, Ceramics, Plastics – Brighton University), a Masters Degree in Psychosynthesis (Psychosynthesis Applied to Fine Art Practice – Middlesex University), and professional trainings in psychotherapy (Institute of Psychosynthesis, London), coaching (CTI London) and Co-Active Leadership Co-Active Training Institute, USA). Other experience includes teaching, tantra, energy healing, mindfulness and meditation. I am currently training for ordination with the Triratna Buddhist Order.
Veronique’s lived experience as an artist combined with her knowledge of psycho-spiritual psychology and leadership support my work as coach, mentor and workshop leadeDespite the fact that we are always evolving, we often tend to want to pin ourselves down with definitions around who we are and where we are heading. We say we are ‘this’ and not ‘that’. We say we can do ‘this’ and we can’t do ‘that’. By holding on to these definitions, which of course are just stories around our own limiting beliefs, we end up building walls to defend ourselves against our own creative potential. Sometimes we can be as fearful of success as we are of failure so, either way, we try with all our determination to stay in a familiar safe zone. Of course ultimately there is no safe zone but we cling on to our concept of it any way, ….until one day we wake up, realise the illusion we’ve created for ourselves, and decide to take a ris