MY STORY

Michelle Wallace

:: Michelle Wallace ::

Greetings!

Thank you for your interest in my artwork and my story. I am an herbalist, gardener and artist exploring Vermont’s natural beauty in an unique way.

Nestled near the base of Central Vermont’s Hardwood Mountain, I stroll through the forests and fields surrounding my home and herb gardens to forage and gather flowers, seeds, leaves, stems and other plant materials to create nature mandalas.

Mandala, a Sanskrit word for circle, is a spiritual symbol that traditionally has been used to help focus attention and as an aid to meditation. For me, this impermanent art is a meditation on really noticing the plants throughout the seasons, their exquisite details,  and symmetry.

  I live in Central Vermont with my husband Greg, our 12 year old son Keenan and our 10 year old dog Koya. My heart first opened to the beauty of the plants about 18 years ago when I studied herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain.

I live in Central Vermont with my husband Greg, our 12 year old son Keenan and our 10 year old dog Koya. My heart first opened to the beauty of the plants about 18 years ago when I studied herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar at Sage Mountain.

I arrange the stunning colors, shapes and textures I find into kaleidoscope like circular patterns inviting the viewer to contemplate both the artistic arrangement and the finer elements of these wild and cultivated plants. Each piece may last only a few hours or a few days. I select one photograph, and then the mandala is cast into the winds with a one word intention, aspiration, hope or prayer.

It brings me great joy to hear that this art inspires others to look a bit closer at the beauty in our world ... and perhaps, to even create a nature mandala too.

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  Nature Mandala   "palette" from the forests, fields and gardens surrounding my home in beautiful Vermont.

Nature Mandala "palette" from the forests, fields and gardens surrounding my home in beautiful Vermont.