about glenda “gg”
I am a mixed media artist, art doula, SoulCollage® facilitator, and writer living in Salem, Oregon. As an artist, writer, friend, mother and grandmother, nature lover and journeyer, I feel closest to my own soul when creating art, teaching my grandchildren to love the earth, and sharing art and SoulCollage® with others.
My professional life was in the field of human resources, following a short career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. In my 40’s the longing to shed layers and return to my authentic self took hold, and my spiritual journey began. I turned away from striving for career success and turned toward soul searching to live a more fulfilled life.
In my 50’s I became a practitioner of the ceremony of the wilderness quest, a ritual of trekking alone into the wilderness for days of prayer and fasting. Through questing I was able to step up and claim the titles of artist and art doula. Now I quest every year to stay close to nature and conscious of how I am living my life. I bring this intimate relationship with the earth and Mother Nature into my art, teaching and writing.
All of us long to be seen and recognized for the unique gifts we offer the world. Too often this inherent part of us was stifled at an early age or is put on the back burner because of our busy lives and careers. Carl Jung said something like this: “Each of us has an appointment with our authentic self in mid-life; not all of us choose to keep that appointment.” Would you like to keep your appointment? Creating visual imagery with art and SoulCollage® is a path toward finding your way to authenticity and wholeness.
As an art doula I encourage you to lead a more creative life and deepen the relationship with your soul and spirit through art and creativity. I support you as you work through the various stages of the process to birth your own creative expression. When you awaken heart-felt creativity you take another step on your path toward belonging fully to this life. I know, because I have lived this journey and want to help others find their way. Come join me for an art or SoulCollage® workshop and I will help you find your True Creative Voice.
“GG, you certainly have been an art doula for me. I am in gratitude to the Great Spirit that I met you in 2012 to start making SoulCollage and cultivating my creative spirit. I’ve enjoyed the different art workshops you facilitate with so much caring, inspiration, coaching, and encouragement.”
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