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 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 Painted Blossoms: Creating Expressive Flowers with Mixed Media. I currently live in Seattle, WA.
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.
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 book, The Story of Every Flower! This collection celebrates 10 years of my art and writing that began during a dark time in my life. I hope it inspires others to see the blessings hidden in our burdens and find courage to listen to the wisdom within. Learn more about my book HERE.