Food is fundamental to our human community, weaving together what our ancestors knew was beyond survival. Food is essential to our emotional, physical and spiritual health, as well as being integral to the reciprocal relationship with the land, people, and the many beings that inhabit the planet.
I have been working in healing and food services for over a decade, learning and embracing different modalities to support people on their path, whether it is through art, food, or animistic healing practices. I deeply love food, and have spent much of my life learning how to grow, prepare, appreciate and understand plants and food.
I am also a professional painter and have been guided for the past 17 years to illuminate healing patterns through the use of painting as a medium. I view each person as a blueprint of a unique and beautiful pattern that inevitably responds to the traumas we all experience, whether great or "small". When I am creating a painting for the purpose of healing, I see the individual's true self in color and form without the obstructions we all incur. This allows for the constant reflection of truth in a gentle way once the person has the painting in their home. I also follow personal inspiration and create large scale pieces and installations.
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 my paintings since 2001 have been made of hundreds and thousands of perfect circles. I paint each circle using a template, and this is one piece of the meditative process that unfolds throughout the painting.
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 and practices.
Throughout time and various cultures, the Circle is a symbolic or literal birthing place, death place, ceremonial ground, or a metaphorical stand-in for what and who we are; it is a universal touchstone in relation to the macro- and microcosmos, related to everything from seeds to embryos, the Moon and Sun, and this orbicular planet we inhabit.