I grew up on a farm in central Minnesota, but had a hard time fitting in with a family who experts in farming and had little to no knowledge of art. I did not know at the time, I would use the knowledge I gained on growing plants in my later life.
In my early 20s I left the farm and was lucky to live in the twin cities were I took a few art classes, like drawing, and painting. The classes helped to know more on the procedures and necessities which helped my knowledge of art techniques grow. Even with the classes taken I continued to read and gain more knowledge from books of great artists around the world.
I took a calligraphy class in the late 70s which began my passion for the history of humans’ communication. My home studies along with research lead me to discover papyrus and its preparation. In the 1990’s my husband, (Alex Koomen) and I went to the Netherlands to visit his family and our friends. During our visit we toured some galleries and museums; we were fortunate to find and old document written around Napoleon Bonaparte’s time which had the Egyptians recipe for how they prepared papyrus for script.
The Egyptians had held their secrets in the preparation of papyrus for many years because they had the market on the early material which was easier to prepare and use for written communication. It was easier and took less time to prepare sheets of papyrus than the Europeans parchment and until pulp paper spread across the oceans to the Earths’ masses the Egyptians kept their secrets.
Today, with my knowledge the preparation of papyrus as well as the art of farming, I use my own water based farm to grow my own papyrus and prepare my own canvas for my original works.
Each year I come up with a new design through my passion of art history, the year gives me enough time to come up with a new design. My admiration for artists’ like M. C. Eischer inspire my work, that along with my life journey through lose and new beginnings has helped me find peace and bring together my work and expression of my inner self.
My passion for the arts has brought me along way to a place that allows me to express and share my compassion for mans history as well as my spiritual experiences in life.
I grow and prepare my papyrus here in Alabama. Then through the use of my research and teachings I design my paintings in a Byzantine, Celtic, or Medieval style through my use of watercolor and pen-and-ink.
These are just a few things which lead me to my piece this year. Celtic myth has nearly 23 names for the dragonfly. There are many poems written about it and they are mention in many Celtic stories, legends, and myths.
Celtic legends talk about dragonfly as a magical being. Its wings are iridescent and change colors depending on how light falls on them. The eye of the dragonfly can see a vision in 360-degrees-symbolizing the human mind that seeks beyond its limitations, above the mundane.
So, the meaning of a dragonfly that crosses your path is to live life in its fullness. Many Irish, Scottish, and Gaelic legends talk about the magic of dragonflies. They represent overcoming delusions about the self.
The spiritual meaning of a dragonfly is that you should be ready for a change. The dragonfly tells you that you are on the right track and that you should continue doing what you do because positive transformation is on the horizon.