I thought I’d share a bit with you about Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. They are the owners and founders of Zentangle, Inc and they are my wonderful mentors. Maybe you’d be interested in knowing how it came to be….
One day, Maria was working and Rick talked to her, but she was so much “in the zone” that she didn’t hear him. He asked her, when he got her attention, to explain to him what she felt when she was working (She is a highly acclaimed calligrapher). She then explained to Rick what she experienced as she drew background patterns on a manuscript she was creating. She described her feelings of timelessness, freedom and well-being and complete focus on what she was doing with no thought or worry about anything else.
“You’re describing meditation,” Rick said. He is a former monk, and knew well about Zen meditation and contemplation.
Rick and Maria wondered if they could create a simple system so others might enjoy a similar experience. And so began the journey towards discovering this simple and elegant system called the Zentangle Method.
Little did they know then that it would grow this quickly and touch as many lives in as many ways as it has.
Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas established Zentangle in 2005, and have personally trained over 2,000 Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) – including Kat- in over 30 countries. Zentangle is one of the top five fastest growing interests in the USA! The adult coloring book craze was sparked by this wonderful art form, and many CZTs have created books for coloring as well.
(some of the above info was taken from the Zentangle website at Zentangle.com)