The study of acupuncture and herbal medicine was something I came to later in life. My first love was painting – oil painting, very traditional portraiture. For years I worked as a graphic designer as a way to support myself and pay for my painting studios while living in Brooklyn, NY.
As time went on it became clear to me that being a "Sunday painter" wasn't sustainable long term. I desired something that brought me closer to my heart so that when my free time came I wouldn't struggle so hard to find myself again. I knew that I loved painting because it utilized my favorite parts of myself, so I looked for something that would also utilize those aspects. When I finally had the means to make a change, I chose the study of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
Painting used to be what kept me sane...I needed it like a body needs water. But these days being in the clinic utilizes my favorite parts of myself...which is not a level of fulfillment I got from my previous work environments. So I don't need painting like I used to. Now I use my creativity and my first-life skill set making these designs that depict the theory of the medicine that I have come to love so much. Chinese medicine is ripe with metaphor, symbolism and poetry, which makes it
a natural subject for creative work.
A deep bow of gratitude to the people of East Asia for sharing their culture, their wisdom and their medicine...and to all my teachers from whom I have learned, and continue to learn, so much. This work is my contribution to this medicine and is made with great respect.
I will be launching new designs periodically, so if you like what you see check back for updates. You can also follow me on Instagram @holismprints.
Thank you for your interest, and I hope you like the prints!