- 1968 - 1982
I am a pagan.
I believe in and follow the old gods, most especially the gods of ancient Greece.
I believe ALL gods are man-made, from Isis to Zeus to Jesus to Dionysus, but I also believe that we can learn a great deal about the Divine and about Humanity by turning our eyes to the myths and the stories of the past that we have created about these gods.
When I was very young, about 5 years old, my parents took me to the ROM for the first time. Even now at 36 years old I remember staring at a reproduction of the statue of the Athena Parthenos. Even as such a young child I realized that THIS is what 'god' looked like to me. A year later at six, my parents took me on a trip through much of Europe and I was able to view the actual place that the statue once stood. It spoke to me. The Greek myths have always spoken to me stronger than those of the Judeo-Christian or of any other tradition and I have always felt a connection to the gods worshipped and honoured during that time and place.
When I was 12 years old I was lucky enough to be a part of a school program that included a one-day exploration of the ROM's displays and of many of the behind the scenes archives and hidden treasures and I was further exposed to treasures that helped form my view of the divine.
In my 30's I took a picture of the reproduction of the statue of the Athena Parthenos that helped me decide to pursue art and photography as a vocation in my life.
For many years now I have tried to visit the ROM for everyone of my birthdays, these visits have brought me closer to my Gods, to my partner, and to my family.
The ROM and its collections have been a beloved influence on my personal growth and on all of the important relationships in my life. For over thirty years, the stories told in the exhibits of the ROM have helped to create the artist, priestess and person that I am today and for that I am truly thankful.