Hello! As I write this, my website, the very one you’re staring at, is behind an “under construction” page. That means, if I metaphorically call out, a big loud silence will fill my ears. And that’s okay. Because I know, in my bones, this is the beginning of something great! You see, I have been on a journey. For the last 22 years I have been a graphic designer. It was a second choice at the time, since my first choice, horses, was not what I had hoped. Art has been part of me since I was a small child. My parents have told me they knew I was an artist pretty much from the start. I think I took it for granted, really, or didn’t think on it much. But as time passed, I have come to realize that design and art are part of me and I would never be happy doing anything else.
For the last, I’d say 10 years, I have been looking for the next thing after graphic design. That career has been fine and has paid the bills. But when you’re ready for something new, you’re just ready! So, what next? I started with working with a partner, Barb Keck, and launched a website about health and living life. We put about 4 years into that, I think, before we each realised it wasn’t what either of us wanted. My next project was a music website – when and where the bands were playing in the Niagara Region. That looked hopeful, until I did the math and realised there was no way I’d be able to bring in the income to support such a daunting task. I even tried selling insurance at one point…yeah, no! Coaching? Hmmmm…maybe!
Finally, in 2016 I managed to run away on a trip with my family. It was kind of epic for me – a huge step away from the chaos of daily life. When I got back I was totally ready to get into painting – something I was reminded of when I did one of those “Paint Nights” that were so popular. I also think I felt a long passed relative poking at me to try it. I’ve been around art all my life, but not seriously. I picked up a pencil and started doodling. Cool! Then the paint brush…more cool!! Peace descended when I was in my newly developed studio at home. It was like coming home. THIS is what I want to do.
My future is starting to unfold…my thoughts, my dreams….. It includes painting, but also includes coaching people who are interested in Graphic Design and/or in being creative in general. It includes helping those who are grief stricken, through my art and others’. My passion is a seedling, but it has started to sprout and I can’t wait to see it grow!