I am happy to introduce you to another incredible instructor I have met through 21 Secrets. This week we will take a peek into the inspiring life of Silky Hart. For Silky, the art flows not only in her journals, but also on the dance floor.
Please introduce yourself and your art a little bit.
I am a dancer, entrepreneur and an expressive arts practitioner. Currently, I am the Southwest Regional Coordinator for IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association). My educational background is quite diverse – a degree in dance AND an MBA in international business. I live with my husband, two cats and dog in an adorable bungalow house with a big front porch in McKinney, Texas.
I’ve had a life-long yearning to become a visual artist. I’ve spent countless hours wandering in museums admiring the magnificence of artists through the ages. Even though I’ve done expressive or intuitive art-making for years, I’m feeling the pull to learn all I can and increase my skill set in order to experience more artistic freedom.
For me art is…
Imagination, inspiration, feelings, yearnings, and desires personified through colors and shapes. It is giving life to what is inside of us.
What are you currently working on?
I’m putting together a creativity workshop that will take place in McKinney, TX on June 25. And this is just the beginning. One thing I’m playing with is exploring how to bring a visceral experience of the expressive arts into digital form so I can reach more people.
I’m also very excited about taking a week-long workshop in Aix-en-Provence with Jill Steenhuis in September. Jill says that Cezanne runs through her veins and Van Gogh is her soul mate.
Can you tell us a little bit about your Art Journals?
I’ve been a journal keeper since I was 15. Now, this was back before there was the term “art journaling.” I would include doodles or add photos to spice up my writing. It is only recently, that I’ve entered the art journaling universe as it exists today.
Who has inspired you?
Anna Halprin! One of the highlights of my life was to study with Anna. She was a brilliant pioneer in facilitating a profound experience of dancing and moving for people with no previous dance background.
I adore Matisse and Gustav Klimt. Their paintings speak to my soul.
I love Audrey Hepburn. I think one of the reasons she is still an icon today is because her elegant authentic spirit shined through so brightly. She achieved mastery in an art form (acting) and was an extraordinary humanitarian.
I’m inspired by people who walk their talk and who are living full throttle vibrant happy lives.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” -Rumi
Are there any tips to living a creative life that you’d like to share?
The first step is to believe and value your own innate creative spirit. Nurturing and cultivating this creative energy through a daily creative practice is essential. Then, you’ll be able to more easily parlay your creative powers into every aspect of your life.
Where can people find you and your work?
Thank you so much, Jeniffer!
Silky, Thank you so much for participating! I love your diverse background and how you have woven your life’s experiences together.
“Inspiring Artists” is an ongoing artist interview series at JoyfulArtsStudio.com. Join me Mondays for a weekly dose of creative inspiration.
The series will continue as long as there are artists wishing to participate. If you are an artist and would like to share your story, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you!
Love & Blessings,