Shaeri Richards wears many hats. She is a certified hypnotherapist, spiritual counselor, and author. She is also a filmmaker and artist, and her work can be seen at Sedona Artist Market.
Zen painting, also known as Sumi-e, is typically created using black ink on rice paper. There is evidence that ink wash painting has existed since the fifth century. The goal of the painting is to capture the spirit of the subject instead of its appearance. Paint strokes cannot be changed or erased, making the work technically demanding. The art form typically requires years of training.
Shaeri studied Zen painting in Sedona with Zen Master painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han. She was so moved by her teacher's way of life that she and her husband produced a documentary film about his life and work.