William Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players." Oscar Wilde has put his spin on this phrase, declaring that, “The world is a stage, and the play is badly cast.”

Whatever the case, we are all players and have an entire cast of characters (personalities) that sometimes are referred to as "the self". Often we are hiding behind these rough, rowdy, dowdy, tragic, sexy, sad, wise, belligerent and holy guises never quite understanding and befriending them or recognizing which ones are running the show. One thing is for sure, and that is that more than often, these characters are unconscious.

Used for protection, disguise, entertainment and ritual practices, the earliest use of masks (700 B.C.) was for religious and shamanic rituals and ceremonies.


The tradition of theatre masks goes back to the ancient Greeks, who used masks both for practical needs and dramatic performances. They were also used in commedia dell'arte (Italian theatre), Japanese theatre and have a long history in almost every culture throughout the world.  Masks can be beautiful or grotesque, but they are always evocative.

The use of masks is varied and unique and can be found on the theatre stage, in the artist's studio, in a religious rite of passage, or in a therapeutic environment. Psychodrama, for example, uses a dramatic approach to artistically and skillfully "play out" certain scenes in a person's life through role-playing, enactment, impersonation, and improvisation. In this environment, masks can be used for the purpose of assisting people in dealing with different (often traumatic) aspects of their lives.

Ultimately, the mask illuminates what lies beneath the surface and helps us realize that we are complex personas born out of fortunate and unfortunate life circumstances. By bringing these disconnected aspects of self into the light and playfully animating them (acting them out), deep healing, understanding and self-acceptance can occur.

I create all of my masks from papier mache and acrylic paint. They come from a place deep within me and often take on lives of their own. I am constantly surprised by what unfolds and the profound messages that sacred masks communicate to me. I love them all and have a deep respect for their ability to take me deeper into understanding myself and the world.

While none of the masks on my website are for sale, I am happy to create one for you and/or provide a mask and characterization workshop for small groups of people which typically take place over the span of a weekend. 

Please contact me at for details and more information.

Earth Goddess Mask
Warrior Shaman Mask
Raven Mask
Bear Mask
Grief Mask
Loyde Jackson
Ballroom Dancer Mask
Sun Goddess Mask
Inner Sadness Mask
Lorenza Il Magnifica
Italian Renaissance Mask
Mental Illness Mask
Jackal Mask
Water Goddess Mask
Mask Workshop
Group making their masks.
Mask Making Workshop
Creating papier mache masks.
Dialogue with the masks
Creating characters through asking questions and listening to the masks.
Student Mask
Student Mask 2
Dialogue with the masks
Character Creation
Mask Physicalization
Getting the mask moving through space.
Dialogue with the masks
Character Creation
Student Mask 3
Student Mask 4
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