A Celebration of Life and Art

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

“You can’t get to courage without walking through vulnerability.” Brene Brown

The fantastic thing about growing up in a family with artists of every sort (besides my mom who was a dancer, I have aunts, uncles and grandparents who draw, paint and are musicians) is that the chances some measure of talent trickled down to you are really good.

What’s not so great: comparisons, critiques and the intolerance of anything less than genius (according to them.) For a little girl proudly sharing something she created, the excitement dipped to tentativeness, then to outright avoidance of opening up that can of worms. Clearly, amateurs need not apply.


My first drawing after my aunt’s encouragement

I did have two relatives who I consider my Art Fairy Godmothers…(as a child) my American grandmother who let me sit on her stool and dab flowers onto her oil paintings and (as an adult) my aunt who gave me a graphite pencil and a blending tool and encouraged me to draw!


My first water color painting, based off of a photograph I took.

Though I have mostly expressed my creativity through photography, I’ve always had a desire to paint. Still tentative, I took a watercolor class a few years ago and blossomed under the warm encouragement of my teacher.

12003375_10153145910447467_5916296914883676272_nSince then, I have been blessed to have many creative friends and inspiring teachers who have poured into me…and these are some of my paintings, many still in progress! 11536119_10152937156492467_5488473718017079194_n10353181_10152705327772467_224700860876127483_n484482_10151403084252467_45514961_n12243157_10153233599867467_7710282276929705963_n12039503_10153203357477467_4029883861771110294_n12191902_10153233599217467_5290736968991032437_n