Creating fun, uplifting art is a part of who I am, it defines me in so many ways and comes from the deepest, truest part of my soul. Over the years of being an artist and having the opportunity to share my gift with so many people, I've come to realize that it's about more than just painting a pretty picture; but how beautiful, colorful art impacts people in such a positive way. I personally know how much colorful, fun art makes me happy, each time I get to paint and create new art I feel fulfilled and have a much more positive outlook on life.
So many collector's and fans of my art have sent me the most beautiful, heartfelt messages about how my art has impacted them in a positive way, sometimes when they are going through a difficult time in their lives and how it has helped them through it. One of the most impactful moments in my art career and as a human being was years ago when I received an e-mail from someone who had recently purchased one of my original paintings...it makes me tear up just thinking about it. A young gentleman told me how he had to have my painting, it just spoke to him on such a deep, personal level. When he received the painting he said he propped it up on the dresser in the motel room he was temporarily living in...he confessed he wasn't really in any financial position to purchase the painting as he was going through some very difficult life changes (he didn't elaborate), but that he needed this painting in his life. Every time he would look over at the painting in his lonely motel room it would make him realize everything was going to be okay and gave him hope to keep moving forward and not give up. He said he would even wake up in the middle of the night and kept a light on by the painting so he could look over at it and stay positive in the darkest, most difficult hours. I never heard from him again, but I hope the painting still provides him comfort and hope, and that his life is much better and he's a stronger person for having made it through such a difficult time.
To this day I am so moved by the fact that something I created from my own heart and soul would be such a beacon of light to another human being...it's one of the many messages I've received that motivates me to keep creating art that is positive and uplifting, I have been given a gift to help others in a very emotional and touching way, I can't ever give that up. So, I've decided to start a new campaign I'm calling "Livin' the MAD Life"™ (MAD of course stands for my initials :) that is about uplifting and inspiring others to be positive and to help others in times of need. To also try to stop bullying whenever we see it, whether in person or online...it's such a huge issue today that impacts far too many people in a negative manner. I hope that with my blog posts and coinciding art in this new campaign I can do my part to spread positivity and inspire others to do the same.
I will be creating little 6"x6" "Mini PoP's" for this campaign along with other fun, positive inspired art for "Livin' the MAD Life"™ products, with larger one's every now and then, that have messages of encouragement, strength, success, goals, dreams, love, motivation...any kind of image/symbol that promotes positivity. There is far to much negativity and bullying in this world, I would like to do my part to brighten up the world just a little bit and hope you can help me do that!! Please spread the word and share the "Livin' the MAD Life"™ blog posts I will be creating for this campaign to help create a greater, positive impact on everyone who reads/sees them. Each of the little Mini PoP's will be available for purchase, a fun little piece of art to remind you, or to gift to someone, of how important it is to always be positive and encourage others to do the same. My wish is that each one of these little Mini's can have the same positive impact and message of hope and inspiration, that my painting had for the young gentleman years ago.
I would also like to, some day...very soon, create a "Livin' the MAD Life"™ foundation that will help people going through difficult times find their way out of the darkness. Any ideas on how to do this would be great!! I've never done anything like this and I'm just in the brainstorming stages at the moment...
"It's not just about where we came from, but who we are, and the journey we take through life that defines us" ~ Megan Duncanson, "Livin' the MAD Life"™