Food is fundamental to our human community, weaving together what our ancestors knew was beyond survival; it is essential to our emotional, physical and spiritual health. I love the process of creating in the kitchen, and have spent much of my life learning and appreciating all aspects of food from growing and running a farm to foraging medicinal, edible plants & preparing seasonal and healing meals. Food is integral to our reciprocal relationship with the land, people, and the many beings that inhabit our planet.
I have been working with food and healing for over two decades, learning and embracing different modalities to support people on their path, whether it is through art, food, or healing practices.
The Medicine Circle is a passion project that I started in order to share in the magic and beauty of the natural world with the wider community. I have a background in teaching and love sharing in the processes of growing, gathering and creating food.
I have been a professional painter for the past 18 years, illuminating patterns through the lens of form and color. I create paintings and installations on commission for both individuals and larger organizations, universities and collectors.
Why The Medicine Circle?
From a young age I was fascinated with circles. Through painting as meditative practice, I felt the Circle had the potential to heal, and it became the primary form I painted. All of my paintings since 2001 have been made of hundreds and thousands of circles.
As I researched the "Circle" and its implications throughout time, I learned the place I am named for: "Tara, Ireland", is a place of circular mounds, which led to a deeper appreciation of my name, ancestry, plants, and practices.
Throughout time and various cultures, the Circle has stood as a symbol of birth, death, ceremonial ground, a metaphorical stand-in for what and who we are; it is a universal touchstone in relation to the macro- and microcosmos. The Circle is related to all aspects of existence from seeds to embryos, the Moon and Sun, and this orbicular planet we inhabit.