Florida Magazine article: Pompano woman provides other’s a peek into their souls
By Cindy Glover Staff Writer, Sun Sentinel printed 11/1/1999 in Palm Beach, & 2/6/2000 in Orlando
Kitty Margolis sat in Lloyd’s breezy oceanfront condominium on Friday as her longtime friend created a “soul portrait”
on a soft sheet of watercolor paper. “We’ve been trying to get together to do this forever,” said Margolis, a Delray beach
After a brief relaxation session, Lloyd brushed clear, oceanic blue around the edges of the paper, and paused. She rummaged through her collection of paints and then added a splatter of green. A swoosh of purple. A little puddle of magenta.
Lloyd is the sort of woman who has never even considered coloring between the lines. As a Baby Boomer who picked up art as self therapy, after her divorce, Lloyd said even she was surprised by it’s evolution into a part time business. People pay her around $300.00 to do soul portraits , depending on the size.
Her “bio-energetic” creations, like the philosophies she embraces, are a bit off the beaten path.
Lloyd--part artist, part Earth mother, part philosopher, part psychologist---talks about “going inside” to retrieve images from a subject’s subconscious. She describes shutting out rational thought and tapping into their intuitions, to “expand the essence of love.”
Unlike Kirlian photography, in which people take photographs of the body’s aura or energy field., Lloyd relies entirely on intuition in choosing and applying her colors.
“I use my art to create transformational processes for people,” she said. “In a sense, it’s like healing touch. But it’s healing through art, and putting energy on paper.”
The results could be likened to brilliantly colored, other worldly Rorschach tests, in which the abstract shapes resemble different things to different people.
“I think it’s amazing,” Margolis said. Her work is very subtle. It works for people on a very subtle level.”
For about a half-hour, Lloyd alternately added paint to the page, spayed it with water, and lifted the corners to let the colors swirl, as if with a mind of their own.
“Water is a great medium for the spirit world,” she said, topping off her efforts by adding touches of gold and silver glitter to curves and swells in the image,
That was the first step.
After each painting is finished and has dried, Lloyd takes it onto her 14th-story balcony, positions it so the sun reflects off the glitter, and photographs it.
The best photograph is scanned into her desktop computer, where she tinkers with the colors and contrast, stretching and pulling the image until she gets the desired effect.
Several organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Boca Raton, and Women in Distress of Broward County, have used Lloyd’s art in posters or other advertisements. Those images hang on her walls, and are among the eclectic elements of her décor.
“Part of being creative is having a magical environment,” Lloyd said, gesturing toward the iridescent cellophane ribbon curtain that hangs in her doorway.
Throughout the small apartment there are angels, crystals, essential oils, books on astrology and religion, recordings of instrumental music and even a crystal ball given to her by a friend.
But while Lloyd is drawn to nontraditional philosophies she is also a registered nurse who spends three days a week helping doctors install pacemakers and following up with patients.
“I’ve always had my foot in both doors—traditional and nontraditional healing,” she said.
In the same vein, ,Lloyd said she does not subscribe to any one theory or teaching, although she admires Deepak Chopra, author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind.
I’m a student of many, many ideas, Lloyd said. “I’m like a big flower basket.”
Lloyd said most people learn of her work through word of mouth.
But she also is listed in the phone book and has a Web site at WWW.LightRevelations.com
Cindy Glover can be reached at 561-243-6603. Photographs by Eric J. Larson