Mo Brady - Intuitive Painter and Author
I LOVE color! I love the way it energizes me when I paint, the way it makes my whole being dance, the way it adds spark to a living space. I have pursued several art mediums in my life, but the unifying thread has always been an exploration of color. It is the elixir of life for me. My art is an expression of my gratitude to be alive on this beautiful garden of a planet.
I have been using art to put my energy into the world since I was 4 or 5 years old. I spent many hours alone in the basement as a child playing with paint, crayons, construction paper and scissors. I can still remember the thrill I felt when I got a fresh box of crayons or my first charcoal drawing set. The smell of pencils or crayons just made me want to create! I still feel that surge of excitement when I am at an art store selecting new supplies.
My spirit has always been renewed by spending time in nature. I am lucky to live in Arizona, a state where nature is very accessible. Whether I am hiking up the trail at Dreamy Draw or sitting by the Verde River inhaling the scent of damp earth, I am at peace. I bring all of this to my art practice. I am not painting literal forests, rivers and deserts, but the "feeling" I have when my five senses are inhaling all that luscious beauty.
The other constant thread that has run through my art and my life is an interest in how our spirits heal from trauma. I wrote a book about my own healing journey titled "Journey to the Heart of Forgiveness". I have studied energy healing modalities and am a Reiki Master. When I am in my studio playing with my paint, my heart opens and flows out onto the canvas. Some of that energy is in each piece I create. I embraced this intuitive painting practice after retiring two years ago. I don't have any preconceived idea in mind when I begin. I coax my analytic mind to step out of the way and allow my inner intuitive voice to play with color and texture. I stop and listen to the painting to see what wants to emerge as I go. I embrace the mystery of the process and just play with color!!