As long as I can remember I have been drawn to art and have always had a pencil or brush in hand, it is undeniably who I am and my art comes from the very depths of my soul. When I look at any of my art from over the years I feel enveloped with a sense of "coming home" as thought the art will safely wrap me in a comforting embrace and brings a feeling of calm and peace.
As the years have passed my art has evolved into deeper, more meaningful and thought provoking work. I feel drawn to create art that is bold and fun at first appearance, but when delved into one will find there is more going on than just pleasing colors and composition. Within the art there are symbols that foster positivity and hope, that provide the viewer with a feeling of strength and the fulfillment of dreams.
As an artist I want my art to have meaning and inspire viewers to be the best version of themselves, to reach deep within and find the strength and character to be who they were meant to be. As I paint each new painting I am finding within my own self that I can do so much more than what I ever thought possible, that only my thoughts hold me back, and to learn to always turn those thoughts to the positive. My new art is teaching me that I am in control of my future, of whether or not my dreams come true, and of how my legacy of art will be perceived; and I hope with each brushstroke everyone who sees my art can find that same power within and be inspired to embrace their life and choices and go out and inspire and empower others through the power of "Art that Colors the Soul".
All the Best,
I grew up in the bush of Alaska near the small fishing village, Meyers Chuck. We didn't have any of the modern amenities most of us take for granted. The only way to get where I lived was by boat or float plane, there were not (and still are not) any roads. The only source of electricity was individual generators. Our only source of heat was provided by wood burning stoves (there was a lot of firewood to be cut and stacked!) My family didn't have phones or cable TV, it was roughing it at it's best!
After I graduated from High School in Ketchikan, Alaska, I decided to go somewhere warm, and headed off to college in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I attended the private College, Hawaii Pacific University from 1990-1992.
Around that time I was feeling foot loose and fancy free and decided to do a little traveling. I ended up taking a bus cross country until I reached Orlando, Florida. Of course it had to be somewhere warm, I'm addicted to the heat! I attended Valencia Community College for a semester and then ended up back in Ketchikan, Alaska to give birth to my only child, Aroon Melane in 1993. After she was born I moved back to Florida and married my husband Robert in 1995.
Over the next four years, I finished my Bachelor, and Master's degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Gender Theory and International Relations from the University of Central Florida. In addition to college I was also selling my art through local galleries and shows and as murals. I also helped my husband run a lucrative custom home building business (I was a licensed Residential Contractor) until 2007 when we decided to leave the area and move to Ketchikan, Alaska. I know - it's cold there!! But, we saw the imminent down-turn in construction and the Real Estate market, and wanted to get out while we still could. After three years we decided it was time to head back to Florida (and the heat!). We still have a cabin in the remote community of Meyers Chuck where I grew up and we now commute between Alaska and Florida, the best of both worlds!
Over the course of my life I have always painted and sold my art. As each year passes, I gain more and more collector's and international acclaim. I am currently devoting myself full-time to my art career, particularly the licensing side of the business, and being a wife to my husband Robert, and mom to an honor roll, volleyball player daughter, who recently graduated from UCF, my Alma Mater! Yes, I am a proud mom :)
The world holds so much more to see and do, I look forward to the next 40+ years of adventure traveling, exploring God's earth, and getting lot's of inspiration for new paintings.