That nature is full of immense beauty if you stop and look.
Art has the power to soothe and provide us with an escape.
That play is an essential part of being a grown up.
In doing things differently.
Rare, Bold, Unexpected. Serene, Calm, Joyful.
Bring the beauty of nature into your home.
Have you ever had a day where you’re running around, stressed out, and then you look at someone or something, (like really look at them like it’s the first time you’ve ever seen them), and you feel this sense of wonder, and awe, that something or someone so absolutely beautiful and amazing is there and a part of your life? It might be your child, your best friend, a co-worker, or your husband. Or maybe it’s the buds on the trees that are just beginning to bloom, your pet as they greet you at the door, or that cup of coffee at 2 pm to help you get through the rest of the day. Those small moments bring you joy and peace amidst the chaos that is life, and they ask us to remember what we really value, what’s really important.
We need more of those moments.
Art for me is about finding moments of serenity amidst the chaos. About finding my true, authentic self through the noise. About new beginnings, and rebirth, like spring after a long winter. Our soul paths lay dormant, like the trees buried in snow, until one day, something or someone comes along, and we wake up and begin to bloom, becoming our truest and best selves. For me, that thing is art, and then someone who helped me wake up is my husband. My art journey started in an unexpected way, both for me, who didn’t see it coming and for everyone around me.
One day, I was walking through the Natural History Museum on a date with the man who is now my husband, when we saw some very beautiful artwork. I turned to him, and said off-handedly, that I wished that I could make art, but that I wasn’t any good at it. He looked me straight in the eyes and said: “of course you can!” No one had ever said that to me before. That conversation triggered something in me. It lit a small flame that smoldered for a year or so, until one rainy day, I was home with my two daughters, who were bored. I found an old set of oil pastels, I have no actual idea where they came from. We started drawing, and I loved the way the pastels blended and moved under my fingers. 3-hours later, covered in color, I looked up and realized that I had gotten completely lost for a while, and I loved how I felt.
“From that day on, I drew and played every day. My drawing skills improved, but I knew that for me it was really about blending and playing with color, like that first day when I worked with pastels. I had seen a video about encaustic painting and
was intrigued by the flow and movement of the melted wax.”
Summertime used to always be a difficult time for me. I’m a teacher, so I have summers off. I always struggled with the abrupt end of my crazy busy life, and what to do with myself with so much free time, and no purpose. I tend to get stuck in my head when I have too much time to do so, so I was looking for something creative to keep myself busy. I ordered a bunch of encaustic supplies and books, and while I waited for them to arrive I watched every YouTube Video I could find about the process. That summer, I spent just about every waking moment, when I wasn’t with my kids, immersed in painting with hot wax out on my porch outside. I loved every minute and became even more passionate about my artwork.
I decided to start an Instagram account to share my work and stumbled upon fluid acrylic painting. The effects were similar to many that I was getting with encaustic, so I decided to try it out, and fell in total love with the movement and energy I was able to capture in my paintings using these techniques. Now I am sharing that beautiful energy and inspiration with you.
Take a look at my best work that I have sold through the years