I have always loved art.
As a child my mother always encouraged our creative side. In college I had to take some art classes for
my major in Fashion Merchandising. I
loved the classes, but they were very structured so it was not something that I
wanted to pursue. I have always wanted
to learn how to paint. I was able to
sketch and have control with a writing instrument, but never had any control
with a paintbrush. Every month I would
look at the church bulletin and think about taking the oil painting
classes. I finally got up the courage to
do it in August 2009. I loved it
immediately! After a month of just playing
with the paints and canvas I started to venture out. I would pour through books looking for
pictures that inspired me. I started
trying to immolate pictures that I found.
I finally realized that I hadn’t really gained control over the
paintbrush, but embraced the flow of the brush.
I found that painting from the
inside out was the most rewarding.
Whatever I may be feeling at the time I pour it onto the canvas. I’m inspired by nature and things that are
peaceful to me. I never dreamed that I
would start selling my work. It is so
personal to me and to take that next step has been a little scary to be honest. I love when someone else embraces my work and
it moves them. I found that almost as
rewarding as just painting. I have
continued to take the classes more for the fellowship of a very talented group
of women. I have enjoyed getting to know
them all and appreciate all of their feedback and encouragement. We are all busy these days and everyone needs
an outlet just for themselves. I have
found that in painting!