Recently, after sharing a painting with a friend, she shared the following quote by Jean Shinoda Bolen:
Artists and writers whose work touches us deeply,
instinctively access collective symbols.
They “dream” for us; they bring images and stories
from their own depths that could be our own.
If we are conscious, we recognize ourselves in them.
Otherwise, we only know that we are moved.
Seen from this perspective, artists or authors
are our contemporary versions of shamans
who have visions for their tribes.
They tap into a deeper stratum –
the collective unconscious – and express it.
~Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.~
She then said, I think your art definitely touches people at this level.
Deeply touched I simply said thank you, a bit overwhelmed by the compliment, but with a sudden awareness and clarity I’d not had before. I finally understood how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. I finally understood that Painting is my medicine to share with the world.
STUDENT PAINTINGS AND EXPERIENCES
Alaina Tarter, September 2018
Being taught the art of painting by Arlene was a truly amazing experience. I originally was not sure what to expect with the visualization, but I felt better when my gift was SO clearly a seashell. The woman in my visualization had such a strong, calm, powerful energy that I understand now that she was representing the ocean. She came through as an ocean goddess and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! I never thought I could paint anything close to this. Arlene was very patient in showing me how to do things the right way and answering my million questions. She wasn’t afraid to step in and suggest a different approach to something, which made me feel a lot more confident and makes me feel like I am walking away with a good knowledge for a first time painter.