|Posted on 18 January, 2018 at 15:50||comments (0)|
With Bell Let's Talk Day coming up right away I thought I would share my experience with mental health. As some of you already know I am advocate for mental health. I believe in sharing our stories, not only to help others but also to help ourselves heal. Sharing our stories helps to remove the stigma around mental health.
Three years ago I transitioned from a full time teaching career to pursuing my creative passion. This transition was not intentional. I had never planned on becoming an artist...it just happened. I guess you could say that I am an accidental artist.
Leading up to this transition, I struggled with postpartum depression. I have always been very open about this topic in effort to reduce stigma and increase awareness about mental health. My youngest son is now almost five years old and although I no longer have postpartum depression, I deal with aniexty on a daily basis. It has just become part of my life and I am okay with that.
Painting has changed everything for me, and I mean everything. It has taken me on this amazing journey and I am now the most authentic me that I can be.
Living with a mental illness is difficult. Have courage and speak openly about your own experiences...you never know who is listening.
|Posted on 9 October, 2017 at 17:10||comments (0)|
Finding my voice as an artist has been a lot like riding a bicyle. There have been many ups and and equally as many downs. I am constantly searching for balance in my work. What makes my voice come through loud and clear in my paintings? Many figurative artists have greatly inspired me, from Buzz Siler to Angela Morgan. I deeply admire these artists. Their work has moved me and challenged me to become better at my own craft.
Slowly, my voice is arriving in layers. With each painting my voice gets stronger. Since I have begun my artistic journey, I have been inspired by the women that surround me and the open prairies of Saskatchewan. While painting my newest painting, I returned to this brave women. And, as you can see she is riding her bicycle. She is graceful and free spirited. This women lives a simple life and calls nature home. This women could be any age...17, 34, or 64...but it is her spirit that remains youthful.
Thank you for following my journey.
|Posted on 12 September, 2017 at 11:35||comments (0)|
Welcome to my blog!
I want to begin by thanking each and every one of you for finding happiness and joy in my artwork. I started this journey almost three years ago and everyday since then, has been a new adventure. I feel that having a blog will give you a glimpse into my life as an artist. I absolutely love creating in my studio, but equally as much, I love the conversations that I have with you.
Today I thought I would share how I title my paintings. You'll notice that almost always my paintings are given a name. The majority of my paintings are female and I think of them as my daughters. When I was younger I always imagined life with my daughters. God choose to give my husband and I two very special boys instead. So my paintings are my daughters, and each of my daughters needs a name. I am drawn to "old-fashioned" names. My own sons are Luke and Lincoln. These classic names remind me of a simpler, more innocent time. I feel, these older names are like great vintage dresses - eternally beautiful and never go out of style. While I am creating in my studio a name usually comes to me, but if one hasn't I go to an online baby name database and find the perfect name. I often get suggestions from you as well, and I love hearing them! You'll be happy to know that I record them all in my art journal and come back to them often.
Have a lovely day and keep sharing your beautiful names with me!