“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.
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!
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.
Since 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!