My background was in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy with a BA in Fine Art and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. My career has been working with young children and families in school and private settings. I live in Tesuque, New Mexico.
We were raised in a very traditional Catholic setting that surely informed many of our early drawings of angels, devils and spirits. These were alive and intense images that were with me in my waking day and in my dream life. It is likely that the restraint and the hidden nature of our family’s limits that catapulted me into my career as a family counselor. I have been particularly interested in Jungian psychology and the nature of the archetypal mind. My work with children and families was centered around images rather than words. Clients would actually tell me their stories by selecting objects and placing them in a Sandtray. In this way, they could tell me about their world and their stories.
What a natural precondition to be now fully claiming art as what I love to do! I love painting and drawing the New Mexico landscape because I love being out in it. I spend lots of time at Ghost Ranch, Georgia Okeefe’s home, and in Taos, New Mexico, where I recently completed a three month Artist Residency at the Wurlitzer Institute. As a painter, I am now continuously exploring both the inner and outer landscape of my life.
I invite you to now to count what arises for you in this journal – assembled in New Mexico and France with Love & Gratitude to Spider Woman, my family and friends, and this lifetime as Betsy Kuhn.