My Story

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Dove Grace Quinlan

Artist Statement

AN EARLY VISIT FROM ARCHANGEL GABRIEL PUT ME ON A PATH

My life-long love affair with creative expression began in early childhood with classical music. Some of my fondest early memories are of sitting alone in my parents’ study, listening to the Peer Gynt Suite (by Edvard Grieg), my mind and heart filled with passionate images and colors, shapes and emotions that were all larger than life. Then a dream-like experience of a visit from the Archangel Gabriel when I was 4 set me upon a path that has been filled with all manner of exploration of creativity and spirituality. Singing and acting won out until my late 20’s, but my love of form, color and line never left me.

A BLOW TO THE HEAD STARTED ME PAINTING

A watercolor class at the Horticultural Society in Manhattan in the mid-80’s wooed me to tentative beginnings. Ironically, an accidental blow to the left side of my head changed all that. It resulted in a severe concussion, which left me dazed and confused for weeks, BUT I began to paint beautiful floral images with my watercolors!! Shortly thereafter, I moved upstate New York for a hastily-conceived marriage and started taking myriad floral watercolor classes.

MESSAGES CAME TO LEAD ME AWAY FROM A VIOLENT FUTURE

In 1988, I had to face the reality of an increasingly violent husband unconcerned for my well-being. After suffering a miscarriage on Mother’s Day, I began to feel I had to end my marriage, but I felt lost and afraid. My relationship with Spirit had grown stronger and stronger, so when I faced this decision, I prayed for guidance…. And got answers! I was told to write down the messages I was receiving on separate index cards, pick one a day at random and “dance” with it through meditation. As I did this, I gained strength and confidence and conviction that my own well-
being was on the line. A plan fell into place and I found the courage to leave. All the guidance stressed that I needed to keep him in the dark for my own safety, so one day when he went to work, I packed the car with a few things and my two cats, and drove away forever, heading for the Monterey Peninsula.

BUTTERFLIES LEAD THE WAY OUT

During this process, I was having frequent dreams of butterflies, and even had a beautiful soft blue one that started visiting me out in the yard during the day. In the dreams I was called to go to the “land of the butterflies.” The day I left, butterflies came fluttering around the car as I was backing out of the driveway. As I travelled, butterflies found me wherever I went. I even saw them on the highway! It was only when I got to the Monterey Peninsula that I learned that Pacific Grove CA, one of the few towns there, was known as “Butterfly Town USA.”

A TIME FOR SOULFUL EXPLORATION

During the 18 years I spent on the Monterey Peninsula, I focused on exploring my passions. Over the years, I supported myself variously as a waitress in the wilds of Big Sur, a psychic and tarot card reader, flower lady in nightclubs, proofreader/editor, copywriter, designer, massage therapist, energy healer, art consultant, advertising salesperson and nightclub front-person. I took classes in watercolor, drawing including charcoal and nudes, sculpture, design and jazz dancing, while dabbling in photography and singing in a rock band/choir. I continued with the messages, and started to share them with others who also resonated with them. Over time, I developed an elegant product that combined my messages, photography and design called “Messages for Daily Reflection,” that was sold in nine major markets. Ultimately though, that form of the messages became too labor intensive and I stopped making them.

COMING INTO MY OWN

A move back to my birthplace of Massachusetts in 2006 marked the beginning of a new era in my life. Since returning, I have met and married the love of my life. It was the Millis Theatre Group that brought us together. I have re-established closer ties to family. I continued my quest for my one true creative expression that I could share with the world, and worked with stained glass and glass fusing for a few years. However, much as I loved the results, I couldn’t get the hang of cutting glass and therefore found it frustrating and painstaking. Finally, in 2015, I was drawn to an online course in mixed media expression using angels as the vehicle, and found it so joyful that I immediately knew I had found something that would change my life. As I worked on developing my own style, the messages started coming again, and are the perfect complement to the angels.

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