Monday, March 31, 2014

some thoughts

sometimes I am just paralyzed.
I am anxious in my thoughts and in how things will happen.
I was recently asked to write a short bio for my publisher to put next to my photo where my art is displayed. Seems simple really but it freaks me out. Mostly because there. is. so. much.
I don't want you to miss it.
I don't want you to click and then turn away and it all goes to waste.
I often stumble in the how to's of this art. Will there ever come a day when I run out of inspiration? What happens if nobody likes it? What if nobody buys it? What do I do when I have so much inspiration and I cant get it all out...
 I  reread a verse a while back and it knocked the very breath out of me. And then I kept hearing it and seeing it and today I was so tired and a little anxious about what to do next so I took a bath.
And he spoke it to me again.
Philippians 1:6
For I am certain of this very thing, that he by whom the good work was started in you will make it complete till the day of Jesus Christ.
about the artist.
I am a God taught artist, living by faith every single day. I did not go to college and I have never taken an art class. I started painting after an encounter with a mural on a wall that captured my attention . God simply asked me to start painting that day.  So February 12, 2012 I bought some paint and some canvas and set out on the most terrifying and exciting journey of my life. I had no idea what to paint or what I was even doing but shortly after I started, I began to feel a sense of awakening that I have never felt before. I started to feel alive again after many years spent covered in anxiety and depression, paired with feelings of no purpose and of no hope.  
I love to paint ocean scenes, boats and flowers. Typically I tend to paint more based on a feeling or an emotion instead of setting out to paint a specific object. I want you to feel something and your soul to be moved. Being a new artist, I am always exploring new scopes of work, new subject matter, and I love that each day brings a new opportunity to discover and draw out new inspiration and talent within myself. I believe that life itself is art and my canvas is just the vehicle I use to express it.  I love exploring new techniques and mediums and my inspiration is usually a beautiful photograph or a song that stirs my soul.
 My desire is to leave you feeling a sense of peace and assurance that life is beautiful and you are loved. That is how I feel when I look at a beautiful, vast ocean or a bouquet of flowers or anything else our amazing God has created. I pray my art is a tangible example that we were all created for something. It is my hearts desire that everyone who encounters my art would realize they are not too broken to be fixed, never too lost to be found, and not too small to be used.
I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and my heart will always be in that city. I am a military wife, proudly supporting my husband who is a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. We have two beautiful daughters and live a very crazy life. We move all the time, usually about every 2- 3 years. Most days you can find me in my home studio (my kitchen) painting away while my girls are at school, or while Im helping with homework or cooking dinner. I feel blessed to be able to stay home with them while they are small and have my work inside my home. They also love to paint alongside of me which brings me much joy!
I did it.
Here is my bio. There might be too many words, not enough words or not the right words but its my heart. I am confident that if God created me to share my story, share my pain, share my grief and share my redemption and my healing, then the art is the vehicle.
I know better than to think this is about me.
Its not about the boats or the flowers or the pinterest photos or the music I so love.
Its about how I got here, and how he still loves me.
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Sunday, March 30, 2014


military event

bathroom selfie ;)

flag ceremony

not afraid of much anymore
it takes a village


the crew

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