KATHERINE PARAS, M.S., lifetime artist, redefines the nature of portraiture and reinstates its power. The evolution of her paintings mirrors and grounds that of her clients, both groups and individuals. With her experienced guidance, they learn to use commisssioned portraits of their inner landscapes to activate innate intuition and their unrealized potentials.
ABOUT KATHERINE PARAS: Aa a perennial student of perception, Katherine Paras devotes herself to refining her ability to receive impressions of what is usually invisible to us - that is, what we can not perceive with our five senses but can receive intuitively. Her New Mexico art studio overlooks the treetops of tall ponderosas in the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Its quiet solitude allows her to work within the meditative silence needed to explore such subtle textures and non-linear dynamics of our human experience.
Previously, Katherine Paras spent twenty years in Metropolitan New York, immersing herself in its rich artistic, spiritual, and racial diversity. Paras studied the ideas of Gurdjieff, a master of spiritual esoterics, as taught by Willem Nyland. She travelled many times to Europe and studied drawing with Franz Baum, a German Expressionist; painting with Austrian Edith Kramer, a "reverent realist'; and Byzantine icon painting with Russian iconographer Vladislav Andreyev. Later she studied Japanese sumi-e painting. In New York, her paintings gained visibility, selected by such jurors as Susan Hirschfield of the Guggenheim Museum and Alan Frumpkin, of the Adams/Frumpkin Gallery (NYC), for group exhibitions. In Santa Fe, Gebert Contemporary and Argos Gallery have represented her work. A founding faculty member of New York University's Graduate Art Therapy Program, Paras has trained graduate students and supervised professionals using art to promote healing, growth, and creativity. Within her independent psychotherapy practice, started in 1989, she guides individuals and groups to discover and strengthen innate self-healing capacities. As a consultant, educator, and lecturer in diverse settings, including Southwestern College and conferences of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine, Katherine Paras continues to provide customized onsite guidance of group learning.
IN NEW MEXICO: Fifteen years after a pivotal summer of landscape painting in Wyoming, Katherine Paras left New York and spent seven years living and painting on a high, red-rocked mesa in Northern New Mexico. Night choruses of of coyotes singing upder her bedroom window, red fox visiting her compost pile, and elk breakfasting on her 'front lawn' offered counterpoint to her New York experiences. The power of this 'Land of Enchantment' radically altered her relationship to her body and her existence on this planet.
Within the quietude of the mesa, Katherine Paras learned to deeply listen. She learned to attend to the physical body as a 'tuning fork' that vibrates and intuitively receives extremely subtle impressions. Such subtleties are typically obliterated in our contemporary life, with its avalanche of external demands and excessive stimuli. Countering this relentless force, Paras trained extensively in diverse subtle energetic practices, also known as biofield therapies: Therapeutic Touch with Dolores Krieger, Bioenergy Work with Mietek Wirkus, Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute, and Polarity Therapy at the Santa Fe Polarity Institute. She also completed a lengthy training analysis in Advanced Energy and Mind-Body Healing with Lawrence Watson. These experiences - and the depth of awareness they fostered - deeply inform and shape her art as she nourishes the growth of her clients within The ReVisioned Life®. In essence, the creative evolution of the paintings inspires, catalyzes, and guides that of her clients.
KATHERINE PARAS’ APPROACH: She describes her experience as she paints the 'portraits' of your inner landscapes, "I continue to learn from my artistic investigations what contemporary physicists are now confirming - that what we perceive with our five senses reveals only a tiny glimmer of reality, like holding just one drop of the ocean in one's hand. As I open to the rich textures and non-linear dimensions of our human experience, this journey into unknown territories challenges all assumptions, exposes me to my limits, and dissolves the boundaries of my heart. The 'Katherine' who leaves a painting is very different from 'Katherine' of the first stroke. I invite you, through the ReVisioned Life work, to do the same."
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…During a time of challenge and transition in my life… Katherine’s series of paintings acted as my own personal zen koans that helped me short-circuit my tendency to over think things and doubt myself and instead to open to a deeper intuition and knowing. The paintings were both astoundingly accurate in their portrayal of my current reality but also surprising and revelatory in how they opened new doors of awareness about my future direction. …Katherine became my trusted guide and ally. She is many things at once: artist, intuitive, coach, thinking partner, guide, therapist, and friend—a gifted artist portraying the possible future. I recommend her without reservation to anyone seeking excellence in his or her life.
Founder, Wisdom Funders’ Network
… Katherine Paras’ dynamic ability to translate our inner truths into visible image and readable words is exceptionally masterful – as are her paintings. They give a client hope.
So many of our problems can not be explained by review of our past – defined from conception and birth to the present moment. Nor can they be solved by logical, analytical thinking. Katherine Paras’ unusual mentorship program empowers a client to step out of habituated constructs and time frames and the discord they create… and embrace new possibilities. …To put it simply, Katherine’s creativity inspires that of her clients.
In essence, Katherine Paras’ work gives us a bridge between our consciousness of our mortality and our consciousness of our immortality. The synergy of her paintings, narrative, and guidance provides a client with the individualized ‘manual’ each of us needs as our lives unfold – be it beginning, middle, or later chapters.
Mind-Body Healing Consultant
As someone who has experienced severe illness and had her life drastically altered, Katherine has explored some very deep, dark places of the soul. And, as in the way of the shaman, Katherine has come back with heightened healing capacities and vision.
In Katherine’s work, there’s a place for the feminine principle to be heard and appreciated and honored. She creates an environment that is balanced between the two principles, masculine and feminine – something I find unusual.
—Erica Elliott, M.D.
Board Certified in Family Practice and Environmental Sensitivities
Co-Author, "Prescriptions for A Healthy House"
Anyone who studies with Katherine encounters a powerhouse of illuminating insights. Through both image and word, she is incredibly capable of conveying what is so imprecise to the rest of us… Katherine creates a stable, safe space where people can feel comfortable exploring new territory. Anyone fortunate enough to study with her will benefit from an unusual synergy of directness, sensitivity, and compassion.
—Gregory A. Pagano, L.C.S.W.
Psychotherapist and Educator.
Working with Katherine has been one of the most unique growth experiences I have encountered. … What makes her practice unique are her journeys into the unseen and unspoken realms of the psyche & spirit. Her intuitive insights & information expanded and supported the work that we did when we talked… This work transcended time and space… I found it to be powerful, intense and highly rewarding. I strongly recommend this process to those who are interested in diving deep into all aspects of themselves and are willing to face what might surface. Like any deep inner work, it is not always easy or painless, but the results are well worth the effort.
I am very impressed with the quality and substance of Katherine Paras’ paintings. Her ideas and execution are of the highest standards and obviously done by someone of great intelligence. I am always stressed to “say something” about any work of art that a person creates. Katherine Paras is doing this masterfully, and with such a profound statement!
Katherine Paras [is able] to present highly complex interchange vividly and clearly, with full command of her material. Very observant, she is helpful and supportive to those who study with her… And she is such a gifted artist!
—Edith Kramer, ATR, HLM
Artist, author and a founding pioneer of art therapy
Author of: "Art Therapy in a Children’s Community"
"Art as Therapy with Children"
"Childhood and Art Therapy"