About Dream Artist, Brenda Ferrimani
I began my artistic work in the 1980's as a graphic designer, operating
my own design firm with clients throughout the state of Colorado, where
I reside. During this time I also became known in the area for the
historic murals I painted with private and public commissions, and for
my work as President of the Berthoud Arts and Humanities Alliance,
lending my support to other Colorado artists.
Preferring a new direction from commercial expression, I have recently
begun to devote my talents to subjects with personal meaning, and my
artistic work now reflects a passion for inner examination. Dream images
have captivated my imagination and provide an unending source of
inspiration for my paintings. It is my desire to express the mystery of
the psyche's inner world and the power of dreams to impact and change
In the year 2000, I was invited to be the attending artist to the
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida, and in 2001 my work was included in the art
exhibit, "Dream Odysseys," at the Porter Gallery, UC Santa Cruz, and
featured in a presentation at the annual ASD conference. In 2007 my
painting "Fall Into Fear" was awarded a Nancy Richter Briezki Dream Art
Award, at the IASD's conference at Sonoma University, CA. My articles
and artwork are regularly published in Dream Network, and DreamTime
I am certified for professional dream work through the Marin Institute
Why Do I Paint Dreams?
Many people, when touring my gallery ask, "How did you start painting
dreams?" So I'd like to briefly explain why and how I began painting
dreams and how that work is evolving.
My interest in dreams began several years ago with my own experience,
when night after night I was haunted by the same dreams. I had many
different flying dreams which would always end with my being forced
down, usually by people catching me, or by storms or even gravity's
pull. In the dreams I felt that my very life depended on being able to
I did a series of sketches on this theme, caught up in this mystery
constantly saying to myself, "I know this means something!" This led to
reading about dreams and eventually finding the dream community. Now, I
have come to realize that these dreams came to me as a warning that a
lack of opportunity for creative expression was killing me! I had a
creative spirit that needed to be set free! This was the beginning of my
seeking a professional career in commercial art which I also eventually
found to be unfulfilling. There after, I left my graphic design business
and focused completely on painting my dreams.
To me dreams provide an unending source of inspiration and a way to come
to know myself very deeply. Painting dreams has become for me an intense
form of dreamwork and as Jeremy Taylor calls any mindful, spiritual
work, a "prayer practice." I let the dream's inspiration engulf me, and
the images flow through me on to the canvas. It's a very mysterious and
powerful experience. Quite often the subject matter of the dream will be
echoed in my daily experiences, as though painting the dream makes it
come alive in my waking life!
Brenda Frrimani, USA
I AM SALMON,
artwork by Brenda Ferrimani
DREAM PAINTING, "I AM SALMON"
Original painting 36"x40", acrylic medium, $4,200
Limited edition prints available
About the painting:
I AM SALMON was inspired by a dream in which, I find myself in the
spirit realm and I ask Spirit for a name. The name I am given is Salmon,
because "I try so hard and through my struggles new creation is born."
As I try to tell the people in my dream about my name I find myself
swimming in the ocean. There are thousands of fish around me and I'm
moving with the currents. I feel a big fish under me with my foot, and
in the distance I see a Killer Whale breaching.
The dream left me feeling that I'm part of something much bigger than
myself and that the movement toward a certain outcome and destination is
out of my control. As an artist I certainly feel like a salmon. So many
creative ones out there being driven by passion to express themselves!
Also, the timing of this work is particularly cosmic as we struggle
through the worst Recession since the Great Depression. There are many
concerns for our planet as all humans strive to survive and make the
world a better place for future generations.