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Integration of Art, Music, and Healing for one ‘Sophisticated lady’

Carole Stevens Bibisi

Carole Stevens Bibisi
Artist, Author, Illustrator, Poet, Musician, Teacher.

America, the land of opportunity, wow, and here I am ready to use my talent and skills to earn a living, embrace my adopted country and fulfill my dreams of sharing and healing, for myself and others through the integration of Art and Music.

It wasn’t consciously part of my plan to be in America, but I’d met a gorgeous American in Australia when he was on vacation. We corresponded for a time getting to know each other, and then I took the opportunity, when he sent me a plane ticket, to “come for a visit.” Well I came; I visited, got engaged, and then married….all within 2 and 1/2 months!!

I had taken a giant leap of faith in mid-life, and for the longest time I was a homesick mixture of happy, sad, lost and lonely. I missed the support of my family and friends, and the delightful ease of life ‘Down-Under’. I lost my independence because I couldn’t cope with driving on the wrong side of the road in such volumes of crazy fast paced traffic.

A quote I’d read came to mind ‘A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every new page I have turned in my life,’ Charlotte Bronte, I found this to be true.

I was born in Invercargill, the southernmost city in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Later in life, I moved to Australia.

My Maori heritage and culture involves the extended family. It incorporates a community of caring and sharing for young and old alike. The wisdom of the elders leads and guides the community in tune with the God Spirit, Father, and the Land, Mother.

Gratitude

Music:

As the eldest girl in a family of six, Art and Music were normal aspects of my growing life,

I studied music and graduated in both Trinity and Royal Schools of Music London, in theory of music and Pianoforte.

As a vocal soloist I’ve been singing Jazz, Ballads and songs from the great Musicals, but I’ve also enjoyed working as a team with other musicians in duos, trios, larger bands and orchestra’s, performing in five star hotels and Restaurants around New Zealand, Australia and Sarasota Florida.

I’ve loved performing in Choral groups over the years with one especially memorable performance at Carnegie Hall, soon after I arrived in America.

Teaching had been a big part of my life in Australia and I loved giving individual lessons: ‘Singing for Fun, Healing and Therapy’.

Also while in Australia I recorded my first album ‘Sophisticated Lady’ with a full orchestral backing. The soundtrack can be heard on my website.

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis in the Garden of Life

Art:

I trained in Art College in New Zealand, studying Lettering, Illustration and Design, and earned a living working as an artist for a local Newspaper, Advertising Agencies, and as a Display Manager for a chain of fashion stores.

It had taken over half a lifetime of study, exams, vocal performing, an artistic career, marriage and motherhood; now here I was in America, reality was setting in, and I was feeling overcome, depressed fearful and dependent on my husband!

Despite my doubt, my awesome husband believed in me and showed me unconditional love, support and encouragement. Before I could click the heels of my red shoes together 3 times and say “there’s no place like home” I realized hey….this WAS home! I told myself in my best Kiwi/Aussie accent to count my blessings, find my ‘Goddess Self’, live in the creative moment, and re-connect with those things I’d been passionate about.

So armed with some colored pencils, markers, and a borrowed wobbly card table I set up my studio in the bedroom and started creating Birthday and Anniversary cards etc for family and friends. That developed into a family Birthday calendar for Christmas Gifts. I also began to write and illustrate a book for my grandkids about adopting my beautiful black cat Miss Bronte from the Animal Shelter.

Before I knew it I had created a Bronte Alphabet, and a series of Greeting Cards and another book entitled The Rainbow’s Dream and Song. I’d called upon my God Source, my earlier training, my creative muse, and began to carve out a whole new career for myself and fulfill my destiny to integrate the healing energy of Art and Music.

Hawaiian Mandala

Hawaiian Mandala: The Seven Principles of Huna

Artist Statement:

My Art chose me to give life to Mandalas, Mermaids, Angels, Goddesses and Cats. I was inspired along the way in my growing spiritual life by a closer connection and trust in God, and the love and inspiration I constantly found in nature, rainbows, animals and stained glass windows.

I’m focusing on licensing my art on products, publishing my children’s picture books, Calendars, and my variety of unique style greeting cards.

I encourage everyone to grow spiritually and heal, through finding something to be passionate about. Cease self doubt and judgment, and realize self acceptance and love through your inner artist and voice!

If you can speak, you can sing! Training the ‘ear’ to sing in ‘tune’ is simply about persistent repetition of a note, until the ‘same’ level of sound is duplicated.

A quote on the Home page of my website reads: It’s our CHOICE to live in the bright Rainbow of our Hopes and not the dark clouds of our fears.”

May you be a contributor to World Peace, Joy, and Healing.

www.ArtHarmonyCreations.com

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19 Responses to “Integration of Art, Music, and Healing for one ‘Sophisticated lady’”

  1. Kristen says:

    i’m so happy to see you here, precious friend! your work looks great and the article is wonderful!
    namaste,
    Kristen

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  2. Flo says:

    Carole, this couldn’t possibly be more beautiful. I absolutely love the art work, your voice….everything.
    Love you.

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  3. CJ Golden says:

    How fortunate I was to meet you, Carole, at the graduation party for our mutual friend. As your work and voice are beautiful, so, too, is your spirit. I’m proud to have one of your pieces in my studio to greet me when I enter – with it’s profoundly gorgeous artwork and message. CJ

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  4. Susan says:

    My dearest friend, you capture the essence of what is so beautiful in this world and you manifest that in your music and your artworks. Keep on doing what you do so magnificently. You’re awesome, and I love you both!

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  5. Leila says:

    Hi Carole, your voice and art have amazing vibrant energy. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. djdrdisco says:

    Beautiful art and music! It is truly refreshing and educational in an inspiring way! Thank you!

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  7. Linle says:

    Your an inspiration!

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  8. Silvia says:

    I just love it – thank you for your words, thank you for your beautiful art.

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  9. Kevin says:

    Fantastic voice, love the song. Follow your passion!!

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  10. malcolm says:

    Thankyou for your lovely words & artwork Love Light & Blessings

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  11. Nickie says:

    Really enjoyed reading about your life which your prose conveys so eloquently. Love your art, such vibrant colours and so pretty!

    Thank you for sharing with us. Wish you well and lots of happiness.

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  12. Sharon says:

    Watching your beautiful art work go by while listening to your (even more beautiful) voice at this web site makes me happy, calm, and just feeling good about life in general. I am going to send this to my Mama, maybe it will make her feel better. Bravo Friend!

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  13. Beth says:

    Carole my friend,
    The true essence of you flows through your art and music! It is always uplifting and beautiful. The passion you have for both comes through and inspires all who view and listen! You will attain all of your dreams by followinf your heart! Love you much. Your American sister!!

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  14. Marcia says:

    Carole….. You are amazing. All of this talent bundled in one little package. I have your album and listen to it quite often. It is very relaxing and beautiful. Keep up the good work.

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  15. Robert says:

    Really beautiful! Voice, melody, lyrics, all!

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  16. Carol says:

    Graet job on a song I haven’t enjoyed previously. Your art and obvious love of cats are very joyful too. Blessings

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  17. Valkiryah says:

    I was just looking for mandala’s pics and google gave me your website. Although I don’t know you, I love your Art!!!! I’m also a cat lover so I understand how much you must enjoy drawing them!!!! Thank you for the beautiful video above!!!! Blessings

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  18. Carole says:

    Thank you Valkiryah! Blessings to you too! Yes I LOVE Mandalas and cats, especially beautiful BLACK cats. Where I come from in New Zealand black cats are the most popular cats and considered also(in English speaking countries)to be GOOD LUCK! There was a vast difference in attitude towards black cats (and dogs) here in America and they are less likely to be adopted because of this. I am an advocate for them to help popularize them and find homes. My website was also displayed in the article about me(above)Please contact me if you want to chat (you on Face Book?) or are interested in any of my prints. I have various sizes and prices. They are printed on quality giclee art paper and the colors are vibrant. I ship anywhere. Many thanks again and warm blessings! Carole.

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  19. mila says:

    Thank you Carole for sharing your art work and music!!! It is so beautiful :-)

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