~ About the Artist ~
Both the practice of some sort of visual art form and seeking spiritual understanding have been consistent threads throughout my life. Sometimes these two paths have run together, sometimes they have developed more independently from one another. Walking the path of the labyrinth has been a transforming experience for me ~ opening my heart. The process of creating these meditation bead strings and forms, has in itself become a meditative process for me. By combining both my knowledge and experience as a metalsmith in creating these beads and my love of gemstones, their mysterious attributes, lore and healing powers, the result has been a truly enriching experience on all levels. Each time I complete a string of these beads with the purpose of aiding another human being in their own personal search and struggle I become even more aware that regardless of our differences we are truly all connected by spirit. ~ Gail Ristow