This is another route into celebrating and healing body image and identity.
I paint all aspects of you inviting you to have an experience of celebrating your life being captured in oil on canvas. I have been working with our relationships with our bodies for thirty years and because I am a qualified and experienced art psychotherapist and Somatic Sex Educator, I am trained in creating a safe environment for self expression with confidentiality and personal boundaries supported.
Being painted as a gift to yourself as a daily reminder of how you look when you are relaxed in your naturalness. This can also be a truly original gift for your beloved as well as you.
“She is friendly, generous, tender, funny, nurturing, warm, welcoming and playful and she has the capacity to be quiet with you in your stillness.”
You can naturally be as you are in soft lighting dressed, undressed or just revealing part of your body to be painted. For men, concerns around the involuntory expressions of your body can be discussed with ease.
"I’ve recently been on a mission to do things that are out of my comfort zone, to stretch my comfort zone to do something that I wouldn’t do normally. I wanted to feel comfortable to be with my body as it is. I have spent sometime thinking that I should be skinny or slim, but I didn’t do anything about it so I must be comfortable as I am. I wanted a record of this, how I feel about my body and that I am comfortable.”
“Us Two” Being painted as a couple.
As well as painting individuals, I work with couples painting and marking in time the union of two people’s life and bodies together on canvas. This is a beautiful experience and the couple choose their music and model in my warm studio with cushions, open fire with candles lit. This makes a lovely gift to give you and your partner as a celebration of your coming together and/or as an anniversary celebration.
“It felt like a sensuous experience that I could share with my wife. The atmosphere of care , love and absolute safety was beautiful Like it was the most natural loving and unifying thing to do.
It took a time for me to relax but I trusted that me and my husband would fall into something naturally. I also asked Katie how did she want us to pose. When we started to chat we forgot where we were and katie spotted a moment and asked us to hold our hands in the position where our hands were. After that we dropped into a meditative space. I suppose I did expect a little awkwardness at the beginning as my partner and I are not known for spontaneity in this sort of environment, but I went instantly to a place that I can only describe as love.”
How long does it take to be painted?
Paintings to emerge from cup of tea and chat with a blank canvas to completed painting in a three - four hour session.
Paintings that are creating a legacy of you with images that sing with your heart (eg animals, flowers, places) painted in as part of it are usually painted over two, sometimes three sessions.
The beginning of your painting experience.
This is your opportunity to meet with me and relax in the space to talk through the process involved. It is a chance for us to explore what your dreams are about your painting. To talk through feelings you might have about your body and your reasons for entering into this process of being witnessed in paint on canvas. After this, You then are invited to enter into the painting space which is warm with cushions and candles lit with your favorite music playing. I have dressing gowns for you to put on as you relax into the space and here is where you settle and we explore positions and lighting.
How much does this cost?
The cost of this transformational experience in one three-four hour session starts at £600 in Devon and includes consultation and reflection time afterwards.
Portraits of you and your life: the poetry of you, are painted over a period of time usually in two sessions with the first session you being present and I interview you about your life and what sings with your heart. I then paint you with images and symbols and the other dimesions of you and carry on in your absence before we meet again to reflect together and play with the painting together with you directing edits. Oil on canvas paintings as legacies of your body image or portraits that paint the poetry of you are priced according to size with the price of the experience deducted on purchase.
Can I have the experience without buying the painting?
Yes. Many people wish to keep the experience in their memories and hearts and refer to their celebration of their body online if its not possible to hang your nakedness in your home environment. These are held as part of the intimate oil collections with identity confidential. You only pay for the experience which is £500.