“Your task is not to seek for love (creativity), but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi
As a creativity coach, and artists’ mentor, I work with individuals and small groups supporting people as they ‘come home’ to themselves and strengthen their relationship with their creative self. One to one mentoring and group workshops are held 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, Nr Chichester, West Sussex. I’ve worked in the arts and related industries since 1975 and have been working as a 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 and to know the interconnectedness with all beings, the earth and the 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, sound and film, as mediums for my exploration. In the past I’ve made sculpture, site specific earth work, installation, soundscapes moving image and live art performance.
I am fully aware that living the life of an artist isn’t necessarily an easy one. We can often struggle to find our way as we struggle with blocks and resistances, both internally and externally. It’s not automatic that we can let our most authentic creative voice be heard and even if we can hear it we often ignore it and set it aside.
I’m passionate about supporting others in the process of learning to value their own unique creative self. When we choose to invest fully in this relationship we gain confidence, clarity, ease and a sense of fulfilment that is like no other.
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