The Art Of Being
EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF CREATIVITY IN YOUR LIFE
Whether this is your first visit to my site, or you’re a returning visitor, I’d like to thank you for opening your heart and mind to the power of Art. I am a professional Teacher with 25 years of teaching experience and a self taught artist who has sold many art pieces and has been commissioned many times. I am certified in Trauma Recovery, Taking Flight International. I have a Graduate Certificate in Spiritually-Informed Creative Arts, St. Stephens College. I have completed over 10 courses in Psychotherapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Art Therapy. I have studied many healing modalities including Shamanism, Reiki, Dowsing, Cellular healing, Meditation, Vipassana and Kriya yoga. I have been blessed with insight that allows me to help others on their own path to self discovery, empowerment and transformation.
Please contact me for a creatively unique and powerful experience.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with Angela. She provides a safe, compassionate and loving space to conduct her workshops. Her intuition is very strong and clear with messages to release stuff that is holding us back from achieving our greatness and insight to keep moving forward. The energy was electric, truly inspiring and unique.
Aguenus (Angela Hall)
So many stories and where does one begin when they can be both the fool and the sage?
Whenever I describe myself with words, I am gnawed at like a bone among lost dogs.
I have sold my soul many times to the past by measuring her out to the future.
And yet here I am trying to be something under the title biography.
We all want to feel safe when in the presence of another. The same feeling we get when are nestled in our homes.
I understand this and search through words to build a house for you. Then perhaps you will knock on my door?
For every time I greet a stranger, it is I who is returning home.
I can be everything and nothing,
It is standards that draws the line.
If you could hear my heart it would tell you-
I belong, I belong, I belong.
I belong to the Earth and the Sky.
I belong to the sound of silence and the song of life.
I hold that which is all and all can be emptiness.
They say won't, don't, can't!
My heart says love, trust, just be.
It is a much higher power that has brought me here,
Even I don't understand.
I am happy just to watch,
I learn best that way.
If one should need me to use my gifts and I look the other way,
To comfort me from the voices of others,
What would my Creator say
Who has spent a great amount of time preparing me for this day.
When you find yourself empty and nothing to give,
Look deeper there is a treasure there.
This digging and searching may feel like a grave
And all your work only has put you under.
Take hold of the shovel and hold it up.
You will see it is a sword and you are its pirate.
Sailing the dark seas of despair,
Crossing the sands of hopelessness,
Standing your ground against those that challenge you,
You are the expedition.
The map has always been your faith.
The X marks this connection.
It is when we cannot take another step or move another stone,
The winds of change blow the last layer of sand.
Untouched and unmoved our treasure waits.
Grasping our coins we hear our music,
An expression of who we are.
Hypnotized by our own abundance,
We feed the hunger,
We shelter the homeless,
We carry the helpless.
We allow what has been removed be a wishing well for others,
And our coins are tossed in with the hopes of others,
Finding their way back from which they came.
Services I Offer
Your Creativity Awaits You
As a Teacher, Visionary, Poet and Artist, I am honoured to share my gifts to help others celebrate their lives and embrace their sacredness. I offer a variety of services that supports and assists in the transformation of self.
With Joy & Gratitude,
Art Commissions & Gallery
I love to create artwork. My art is colourful, joyful and uplifting. I use acrylic paints and mixed medium that gives each piece a three dimensional experience. You can request one to be created for you (contact me), check my facebook page to view what has just been created, view artwork for sale on www.bearclawgallery.com or stop by Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton to see them in person.
Soul Art Portraits
Soul Art Portraits are my most sacred gift. It is a the ability to create an artwork for an individual, couple or family that is prophetic and guides the receiver on their life's journey. Through multi dimensional visions, colours and emotions, I am able to create meaningful, symbolic artwork and a written statement that always has deep meaning for the receiver. Sometimes even a poem will be expressed with the artwork.
A 20 percent deposit is needed to order a Soul Portrait. I guarantee my work. If you are not fully satisfied with the artwork, I will return your deposit, but keep the painting.
It can take over a month to complete a soul art portrait and much time, love and effort is placed into each of my art pieces, as I would not create something for another person without my self fully loving what I have created for them.
Approximate cost Cost
20" x 20" $850.00
24" x 24" $1050.00
30" x 30" $1750.00
Contact me today to set up your soul portrait consultation.
Learn more about each artwork by clicking on the image.
I Came Home
A Journey of Self Actualization
It was time for me to come home.
Although I was never waking away,
Every wandering became an illusion.
Like footsteps in the sand and the wind at my back, time is erased.
The valley became hills,
The hills became a sunset,
And I was there.
I was there when the sand softened my fall.
I was there when my breath rose to meet the moon.
I was there when each star filled my eyes with light.
And although the night had its darkness and its silence,
It kept me,
It held me,
For it knew me.
And I was moved towards the dawn.
A path of red velvet light reaching out towards me.
Ribbon on ruby slippers,
I came home.
Dear Angela, I cannot express my deepest heartfelt gratitude to share how I feel since our weekend....I feel so connected, aligned, committed to my authentic self and excited to share and learn from my drum.... I have sat with it the last couple of mornings and feel like I am finally honoring a very feminine, maternal, deep and noble part of my self..... I am understanding some patterns of self defeat gently, dismissing them, learning from them, and shifting towards healthy replacing of them with Creators thoughts, intentions and love...... oh, I feel so Blessed. Much love , Deb
Deb, Stony Plain
Artist In Residence
Trauma Recovery Art Workshops
The Power of Art to Transform
As a professional Teacher and Artist who has studied many healing modalities including Art therapy, Drama Therapy, Psychotherapy, Trauma Recovery, Journey work, Meditation, Cellular Healing, Reiki and Shamanism, it is with gratitude to provide Trauma Recovery Art Workshops that support others in their transformation and healing process.
Please contact me for more information on Trauma Recovery Art Workshops for adults.
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In the winds of tomorrow,
I will sail today.
Free at last,
To be the Captain of my Soul,
The Master of my Mind,
The Teacher in my Heart.
I could no longer crash against the stones of regret,
Or take refuge in a harbor created by others.
It was time to take thee sword
And remove the ropes that bind me.
A direct blow!
Learned by the greatest of fisherman,
A death knot I am sure.
We must all unlearn.
I now sail a sea of many colors from the life that it does hold.
My sails, although simple, makes all watch with delight.
For freedom has many shapes.
Because of this I find within myself,
It is not being the fastest sailor that matters,
But sailing in the vastness of my soul.
Finding Self in Emptiness
I stepped off the edge that day.
Among many other days I have come close.
But on the day you asked for silence, I stepped off that edge.
I spiraled downwards and inwards at the same time.
Within that moment among all other times, I moved towards the core of my being.
And there in the center of my heart, I found an emptiness that I had been carrying all these years.
All these years I have held this emptiness.
A space with nothing and yet I am someone.
Someone just like you.
My soul lingered in this though, as I feared my ending.
Then blackness took the stars, and I became still.
Still to nothing.
Still for you.
The illusion of distance was no more and time too empty itself.
Memories could not be replayed,
Nor would tomorrow be reopened.
Sometimes when we think we know who we are,
We find this space.
A void that calls itself out from hiding.
A gap that belongs to even the smallest of things.
Nothing for something.
An ending perhaps,
Or even more, a beginning.
We Are Never Too Far Behind Ourselves, In Who We Are Becoming
What Can Participants Expect From a Trauma Recovery Art Workshop?
My role is to provide a safe and caring experience. In each workshop participants are guided on a visual journey to acquire new skills that support their emotional well being and help recover lost aspects of themselves due to traumatic or disruptive events. Therefore regaining the sense of wholeness and balance back into their lives. The art that is created in response to each visual journey acts as a witness and transformer to this healing process. Finally, participants have the option to share with facilitator or other participants to further the process of transformation.
Why Trauma Recovery as an Artist In Residence?
It is our inside world that dictates our outside world! If one's inside world is fragmented, chaotic and unbalanced so will their approach be to learning, communicating and connecting to others. Trauma Recovery Art Workshops helps bring stillness, understanding, forgiveness, wholeness, balance and acceptance inside one's mind, heart and soul. Therefore, when we feel connected to all parts of our self (body, mind, spirit and emotion) we approach life with integrity and purpose.
What Qualifications Do You Have to Facilitate Trauma Recovery Art Workshops?
It is important to remember that I am not a therapist, but an artist and teacher with graduate certification in Trauma Recovery and Spiritual Informed Creative Arts and who has come a long way on her own healing journey. I believe that you can only take people as far as you have taken yourself. I myself had experienced many traumatic events in childhood that lead to difficulty concentrating in school, low self esteem, suicidal thoughts and eating disorders. Today through education, healing and transformation I now live a balanced, joyful and abundant life. It is out of profound gratitude, to have finally found wholeness and self actualization, that I want to serve and help others. Therefore, I provide Therapeutic Art education, Trauma Recovery education, Indigenous Ways of Knowing education, basic art skills, guided visualization and meditation that when combined can have a profound effect on the participants.
Bachelor of Education Degree, University of Alberta
Trauma Recovery Certification, Taking Flight International
Spiritual Informed Creative Arts Graduate Certification, St. Stephens
College (June, 2019)
250 hours of practicum experience in Psychotherapy, Grief Therapy,
Trauma Therapy & Art Therapy
Certified Teacher, over 25 years of teaching experience
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education Consultant, 8 years experience
Alberta Education First Nations, Métis and Inuit Manager, (2016-2018)
Nominated for “Teaching of Excellence” Award
Recipient of Outstanding Aboriginal Educator, First Nations, Metis
and Inuit Education Council, ATA
Published Poet, Honourable Mention for Kemosa Scholarship
Commissioned Visual Artist with Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton Alberta
AFA Traveling Exhibitions TREX, Alberta Art Gallery, Turtle Island 2020-2023