When did you start painting?
I began painting in 2009 after being diagnosed with a life threatening allergy to heat while living in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bedridden and unable to go outside for months, one day a voice popped in my head and said, “Now that your life is over, you might as well do what you want and paint.”
Thankfully, I listened.
Painting became a therapeutic practice and act of tenderness amidst the darkness.
With time, there was some healing. And the birth of my life as an artist.
What do you do today?
Today, I am a full time artist, art retreat facilitator, and author of The Story of Every Flower and A Flower in Her Heart: The True Story of an Artist Who Bloomed. I currently live in the quaint seaside village of Steilacoom, WA.
My home is a retreat center and artist sanctuary. You can stay for a relaxing and nurturing getaway. Learn more here.
I license my art for stationary, home decor, clothing and other lifestyle products.
Do you teach?
YES! I have found my sacred work in sharing my painting process and offering a welcoming space for women to come together. You can sign up for my online classes here, sign up for an in-person retreat at my home or private lessons here.
I also facilitate art retreats centered on creating, connecting and healing. We paint, share stories, laugh, cry and dance to remember our sacred wildness within, where our beauty, power and creativity reside. This is a gift to our minds, bodies and souls. You can learn more about upcoming offerings and read participant testimonials here.
What is your most exciting current project?
My new art retreat center in my home just opened for guests to stay for a special getaway. The entire space is designed to nurture your creative spirit. You can use the art studio and take lessons with me too if you’d like. Learn more here.