Meet local artist Marlow Brooks

We are so excited to announce we have 50 Boulder artists contributing art to the Small Resources=Big Possibilities Art Auction!! Again and again we are stunned by people’s generosity and interest in this project. Each artist receives a small bag with a matchbox and a few inspirational items. The only requirement for the final art piece is that it incorporate the matchbox somewhere, somehow. Small Resources = Big Possibilities was part of Sue Wallingford’s (NCASI coordinating faculty) initial vision for this project. The matchboxes were purchased with a $50 gift from her mother and with Sue’s dream to see the Naropa art therapy department engage with an international project. The Art Auction is happening on March 17, 7:30 PM at the Oddfellows Lodge (above the Army Navy Store on Pearl St). Stay tuned for information on how to buy tickets!

Marlow Brooks is one of the artists creating a piece for the auction. To see more contributing artists, check out the Matchbox Artists page here:

Check out her website:

Here’s her artist statement:

I’ve been doing art all my life. It has always served as a powerful source of joy and connection for me. However, when I started meditating in 1975, I could no longer paint in the same way: meditation began to open a part of myself I had no language for. So I stopped for a while and discovered Oriental calligraphy, the highest art form of China, Japan, and Korea. The powerful images in black and white spoke to me deeply and I threw myself into learning the ancient discipline in depth. Also, over the years, I grew interested in bringing the ancient calligraphic images together with the painting and color I pursued in my earlier days.

My work as a healer and acupuncturist has taught me the importance of the power of chi (our life force) and its ability to bring the energy of life itself to every stroke of the brush (or pierce of the needle) and thus transform any image into a living force that wakes us up on the spot.

The breathtakingly beautiful Asian aesthetic traditions have served as a deep source of inspiration, nourishment and support for my life path, and fulfilled an ongoing longing, respect and search for these sources of wisdom. The roots of this longing, buried deep in the past, manifest at their best as colorful reflections in the present. They also deeply penetrate and reach for the future like a plant faces the sun and grows around any obstacle to find it. With this inspiration, I offer my work.

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