As an introvert, I have been using art to put my energy into the world since I was 4 or 5 years old. I spent many hours alone in the basement as a child playing with paint, crayons, construction paper and scissors. With 5 siblings, this was my retreat. It has been my steady companion in life, providing an outlet for processing my joy as well as my sadness. There were also stretches of time where I made a living with my art.
In September 2018 I retired from a very stressful office job and promptly threw myself into launching a new handmade jewelry business. It was easy to go back to this, as I had been making jewelry (sometimes with poems attached) for over 15 years. Around the end of December 2018 I had an epiphany. I realized that “I HAVE BEEN WAITING MY ENTIRE LIFE TO HAVE TIME TO DO WHAT I WANT TO DO!” Art whose sole purpose was to feed my soul, without a focus on monetizing it.
What I wanted to do was push myself into new artistic territory, explore mixed media and PLAY! So I dedicated 2019 to play! I found so many amazing mixed media classes online. Each class pushed me further out of my familiar safe space. I got messy, made mistakes, and tried all kinds of new supplies. I eventually found my own intuitive process that allowed me to open my heart and pour the feelings onto the canvas. I look forward to sharing more of my heart with you.