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My name is Sybil Archibald and making art is my spiritual path. My work is the physical record of a journey deep within to the Source of all creativity.

Heart Beat
Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart
which safely exists in the center of all things?
His giant heartbeat is diverted in us
into little pulses. And his giant grief
is, like his giant jubilation, far too
great for us. And so we tear ourselves away
from him time after time, remaining only
mouths. But unexpectedly and secretly
the giant heartbeat enters our being,
so that we scream ----,
and are transformed in being and in countenance.
- Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

I am inspired by the sacred poetry and writings of mystics from the great spiritual traditions. Checkout my portfolio at

Please join me as I explore the spiritual nature of the creative process on my blog Art of the Spirit:

I am a sculptor of clay and a specialist in medieval art techniques. This means I make most of my art supplies from natural sources like malachite stones, cochineal bugs, plants, earth and metals. Some of my pieces are also on animal skin parchment or prepared wooden panels and use 22k gold leaf.

I’ve written a book on this subject: Lapis & Gold: Unlocking the Secrets of Medieval Painters & Illuminators.

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you many blessings on this day and a deep connection to those you love.