A Grounding Force...
Some of my earliest memories are of when I would color and draw. It was something I always loved to do, and helped to keep me relaxed. As you can see, I have always loved to sit and make art.
Art was grounding for me during a time in my life where there were a lot of changes due to my parents divorce. I always had crayons and a coloring book on hand wherever I went.
And though I don't necessarily have crayons at the ready, creating art is still something that helps me focus, keeps me present, and grounds me. Especially when faced with life's challenges.
My grandmother was always one of my biggest supporters. She was an artist herself, and made sure to include me in her creative journey. She took me to watercolor classes, and to the Metropolitan Museum for the first time. She always loved anything I created, even when it was just me hitting random keys on the piano when I was little.
She always encouraged, never discouraged.
I am so grateful for the love and support she gave me. I would not be the artist I am today without her.
I only finished 1 year of college...
I loved my drawing and photography classes, but the fact that I had to take general classes that had nothing to do with fine art bothered me. I knew that I could take art classes outside of school, and also just keep creating to become a better artist. So, I left college after 1 year, got married, worked at various jobs, and became a mother. I didn't really get serious about painting until I became a mother.
Having kids forced me to realize how much I needed to be creative in order to feel good. The lack of open-ended time also helped me to manage my creative time better. When you only have small windows of opportunity, you don't take it for granted.