Walking Our Journeys – Art and Spiritual Guidance – Matthew Whitney
Welcome and thank you for joining me here!
I am a visual artist and work in spiritual direction and guidance, working and walking in the Pacific Northwest. Here, you can learn about working with me in spiritual guidance, also known as spiritual companionship. My blog explores contemplative art, spiritual companionship, and the practice of everyday life. Wherever you are on your own journey, I hope you find something here that helps nourish and sustain the path you are on.
Art and Walking
I make art rooted in the everyday practice of walking places around the Pacific Northwest. I combine smartphone GPS tracking apps with traditional drawing mediums as a means of excavating how a line, understood as a point moving through space, can be a mark made on paper, a series of illuminated pixels, or a path made by walking. Learn and view more.
In my recent paintings, I am exploring the relationship between myself and the object, as it is being made. In this way, the painting and I are companioning one-another. I begin as we all do, by bringing my language, experiences and contexts. Then I start with something – most often a doodle or semi-autonomous line. For days or weeks, I will sit with the image, and listen for what it needs to be, and I do my best to respond to that. I’ll often leave multiple “unfinished” paintings, just to be with, and will contemplate them off-and-on for long periods of silence. When a painting speaks back, when it pulls at me, and carries in it a spark that is undeniable, I will listen and respond by continuing to work on it. Learn and view more.
I am a certified spiritual guide, providing safe space for exploration, discovery, and mentoring. Working with a spiritual guide can awaken you to new possibilities, new connections and a new sense of meaning and purpose in life. My approach to spiritual guidance is to compassionately hold listening space in a one-on-one session, in which you can explore the things that matter to you. Learn more.
I am a multidisciplinary artist, spiritual guide, educator, and pedestrian. I currently work as the Creative Director for SDI – The Home of Spiritual Companionship. I live and work in Seattle, Washington, and enjoy going for walks with my family.
I am available for commissioned artwork, retreats, lectures, exhibits, and of course, one-on-one spiritual guidance. Please contact me with inquiries!
My walking practice, my studio practice, and my home all benefit from the land on which I live and work. I acknowledge this land as stewarded and blessed by the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People. I offer gratitude to the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe, and I support their fight for federal recognition and reparations through the Real Rent Duwamish movement.