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.

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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!

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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.

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