Stephanie Smith Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement In the last three and a half years, visual artist Stephanie Smith has created over 1200 mandalas on paper using a diverse range of media such as pen and ink, watercolor, markers, and pastel. Impermanent ones have been created using chalk, stones, sticks and seashells but they all share one thing in common- Stephanie creates them as a way to encourage personal growth within herself, and also in the participants of her workshop entitled: Mandala :: An Artful Meditation.
By empowering people to express themselves through the use of a focused yet artful process, participants can utilize the mandala not only as a rhythmic meditation, but also as an honest means for self reflection. Drawing on over 5 years experience as a corporate trainer, Stephanie makes this material easy and accessible to everyone.
As a writer, Stephanie is the author of the blog Spiritual Evolution of the Bean - a vast compilation of mandala art, helpful product reviews on a myriad of art and writing supplies, as well as candid reflections on her own spiritual journey. She has also been collaborating with friend and mentor Jim Donovan on his upcoming inspirational memoir, "Serving the Groove."
Stephanie is also a percussionist, primarily playing West African instruments such as the djembe drum and the shekere- a large gourd shaped rattle. She also organizes local community drumming events for nationally known drumming instructors.