My adventure into the art world didn't start until early 2018. I was looking for a way to be creative and like what I did. I was in a dark place at the time. I was limited in friends or people to talk to. I had lost the job I thought would be my career two years prior and had no idea what else I wanted to do with my life. I was in an unhealthy relationship. And to top it all off, I had lost my Dad in the middle of it all. I had zero confidence and little to no self esteem. I felt worthless and defeated.
It all started with scrap booking, or what I thought was scrap booking at the time. All I knew is that I had placed a baby girl for adoption and had some amazing pictures that I wanted to keep together, then I decided I wanted to document our lateral, yet separate lives. The obsession with card stock got me. That turned into coloring...suddenly I found myself in the craft store reeling from another life event grabbing paint and canvas to try out an interesting idea I saw on Pintrest.
Pintrest turned into watching a bazilion videos on YouTube, soaking up as much as I could in this abstract outlet. One thing I learned early on is that I really needed to learn something about color theory.... let's just say the first few were a little.... muddy.
Since then I have kept learning and keep trying to make beautiful things. I never intended to do it to make any money from what I created, but from the support of my wonderful and amazing mother, I finally realized the missing piece in my life. I was happy. I remember joking with someone that I wanted to do arts and crafts all day for a living. Well. Why not? Making that decision has been the catalyst into what you are seeing now. I still don't make anything with the intention of selling it, I just hope that when someone looks at my pieces, they can feel the joy that it has brought to my life. I hope for them (when that happens), they have their own symbolic way of finding something that truly brings them joy. And the incredible added bonus that I can share that with strangers all over the place AND THEY LIKE MY STUFF, TOO! Nothing makes me happier than a little notification that I might have brightened someone's day.