As an artist Belinda is drawn to color and texture. Paper collage, encaustic collage and fiber art have become her primary mediums.
SMALL PAPER COLLAGE
Belinda was introduced to Soul Collage several years ago and was drawn to the magic of small collages. The suggested template is 5” x 8” – just big enough to include several images and small enough to complete easily and quickly. “My own use of small collage is to engage deep wisdom and express it visually. I usually make 3-4 small collages at once and have no intention other than to use images that I find compelling. The sequence of collages unfolds like a dream. When I am finished I can step back and find the narrative that tells me the story that the collages reveal.”
An example of this unfolding story is Belinda’s book, “Through the Eyes of the One: A Journey in Image and Verse.” It is a series of 35 small collages along with a poem. Each poem begins with words suggested by Soul Collage founder, Seena Frost: “I am the One who…” The collages and poems were created during the year when Belinda’s husband John was diagnosed with cancer. He went through a very difficult period of treatment after which the cancer returned and spread. John decided not to do more treatment but instead embraced the last months of his life as a spiritual journey. Belinda’s book evolved as her companion on that journey.
Later collections of small collages explore a dance between the pain and fear of life along with the beauty and the presence of spirit throughout.
In workshops Belinda guides inner exploration and how to express it through this simple and lovely art form.