I am a creative, health conscious, quirky educator with a zest for life. I prefer rivers to the sea, love bush and forests and derive great enjoyment from driving. I am deeply saddened by the greed which has taken away our focus from respecting all living things and honouring the resources of our planet.
I grew up in a creative family. My mother had a strong aesthetic sense with colour and texture and my father was a carpenter with a good eye for form and design. It was no surprise that I ended up in a teaching profession (Secondary School sector) specialising in Art and Graphic Design which I focused on for 19 years.
My interest in the Arts has been with me from a very young age. I have a deep love of nature having grown up near bush in the outskirts of Melbourne. I have always been strongly drawn to the moon; I love all animals but am particularly passionate about cats, birds, horses and zebras.
Writing & Inspiration
I have had a passion for writing poems since my mid-teens which fell by the wayside for a period of time with the odd poem penned despite a hectic life. I would like to devote more time to writing ~ a pastime I find most rewarding ~ but other interests also keep me well occupied.
Nature is particularly peaceful and creatively inspiring. Walking in the natural environment is soothing for my soul. Animals and birds are also the basis of many of my poems, as is the moon. Being a visual person, my inspiration can flow into poetic form from images, which is greatly satisfying.
I am grateful to the many artists whose work also inspire my poetry and who generously allow me to use their art to accompany those poems.
My own nature photography is often taken from a creative point of view.
I tend to write short poems and love the bursts of inspiration that can be quickly recorded. At other times creativity lends itself to longer poems. Many of my poems are nature-based or inspired by Shamanism. As a creative being, my tastes are eclectic.
I have been interested in photography since my teens but have not had much opportunity to explore this hobby until more recent years. Some of my photos inspire my poems and you can view the galleries via my Visions page. I also have a website showcasing all my photos called Brenda Aksionov Photography where my photos can be shared on social media and/or purchased for download (without my watermark).
In my early life, I was brought up within a specific religion by my parents but thankfully not strictly so. It did instill a belief in spirits and blessings and my current interest is in Shamanism ~ the world’s oldest spirituality. The spiritual practice of Shamanism is rooted in nature which enables us to strengthen our connection with the natural environment we live in. My strong love of nature makes even more sense to me now.