Katia had always been a mystic, but could barely draw a stick figure!
Trance-prayer was a normal part of her childhood as she was raised with Irish Fae faiths in a family working for the local Catholic monasteries and churches.
By 14 she was reading tarot and training in esoterica, mystery schools and spiritualism. In her 20s, she gypsied across Europe and Asia working in mental health, social work, teaching and tarot to study Spiritualism, Alchemy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Witchcraft, Ceremonial Magick, Chaos Magick and Shamanism from the various cultures.
At 33, Katia became disabled in a traumatic accident. Doctors prescribed art therapy to restore neural pathways and she supplemented this with Ayahuasca shamanism … and art became a way to diarise the journeys she was having in psychedelic spaces.
“The journey of art began as meditation and re-integration for a wounded mind and body…. but I soon fell in love the disciplines of devotional painting.”
Painting helped her focus and initially she illustrated deities for altar pieces, then, discovered the power of symbols and colour as visual prayers. Entering a light trance, she often channels or scries to explore, observe and navigate altered states of reality.
“Nearly dying is a strange gift… it showed me how precious each breath of life is. I’m devoting this second chance to charting transcendental states with beauty, because bhakti yoga is a great way to spend my days.
Ultimately, I hope my art will invite others to explore their own relationship to Divinity.”