I've always been an artist. I've always drawn & painted, ever since I was a little girl, I loved to draw & paint pretty, happy, bright things.
In college I earned an art & a psychology degree.
After I left my 18 year abusive marriage, my art began to change. Instead of painting the pretty things I saw (which I now know was a way for me to distract myself from the horror of my reality), my art started to become more like entries in my private journal. With the paint, I allowed myself to go deep, sit with the pain, and work through my shit. Each brushstroke was a release of my innermost, buried feelings, fears, & hurts. Paint held me in a safe space, & took me deeper than any words ever could.
As you may gather from my paintings, I've been through some pretty dark shit.
Somewhere along the lines, friends saw my work & were touched by it, often to the point of tears.
I soon realized that, even though our circumstances, or the details of our stories may be different, the core emotions and hurts we have, are so very much the same.
When I began to see the impact my art was having on others, & that they were using it as a tool in their own healing, I decided it was time to share my work with the world.
We all hurt.
We all have shit.
If my art, my heart & sharing my work, can give you strength, help you find healing, & remind you that you are not alone . . .
Welcome to my sacred space. Take your time. Open up. Let some love in.
I'm so glad you are here.
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