Chris came to me as an already accomplished and award winning visual artist, and a tarot deck illustrator and tarot guide writer who’d been published multiple times. He’d decided to write his first full length non-tarot, non-fiction book and was feeling blocked and overwhelmed.
We worked together on two levels. One was on what was blocking him around the form and content of the book – refining, clarifying and sharpening the angle, tone and subject matter, and building more quality into the project at every level. The other was more subtle. We uncovered patterns around his creative process which had been hampering him since the beginning of his artist career.
Chris is an incredibly brave and honest client – emotionally literate, and willing to sit with uncomfortable feelings for as long as necessary in a session. His reward was insights and realisations potent enough to produce a powerful ‘sea change’ of attitude and habits in himself as an author. As an added benefit, these transformations to Chris’ productivity and pleasure in creating are spilling over into all his other projects.
“Coaching sessions with Sheila have been some of the most empowering experiences of my life. When I first contacted her, I’d been working on my first large scale book for several months, and although it was a project hugely dear to my heart, I was struggling and had all but lost hope in my ability to see it through to completion.
From the start, Sheila helped me to do two things. Firstly, she helped me re-structure my writing plan to make the project more practical and achievable. She also helped me to prioritise what really mattered content wise, so what I’m writing now feels better angled, more concentrated and certainly harder hitting. It’s now a book which I feel will be more valuable to the reader, and will be far easier to sell to a publisher.
More importantly, Sheila helped me face my greatest insecurities as a creative professional, especially the ones that hampered my day-to-day confidence and contributed towards my writer’s block. She taught me to be more understanding of my creative inner being and helped me to cultivate the constructive inner critic, whilst silencing the negative inner ‘slave driver’ – something which had seemed impossible before. My productivity and pleasure in my work have blossomed as a result.
Most of all, Sheila is the ultimate motivator. She won’t offer you quick fixes and she certainly won’t give you platitudes. What she can give you is an extraordinary level of empathy, realistic encouragement and the benefit of decades of experience, both of the creative process, and the insights she’s gained as successful, professional artist in several creative industries. She sees the artist and business pitfalls you’re falling into because she’s been there herself, and found the way out of them.
In a nutshell, she will furnish you with the tools you need to get the job done. For myself, I couldn’t have asked for more.”