During my childhood I often escaped into my imagination because creativity was one of the only things that ever brought me joy. When I decided to pursue an artistic career it was really more about relentlessly seeking joy.
Creating art became the safest way I learned to communicate what was going on inside of me and it gave me the confidence to find my voice.
I was about 28 years old when I started having flash backs of being sexually abused as a child. I didn’t know if it was true or a dream. I suffered from not knowing what to accept, so I started the process of trauma recovery.
During the process I learned many healthy ways to process emotion, one of which was journaling. Through my practice of journaling a message came to me to “create the work I have always been too afraid to create.” Coincidently I knew exactly what it looked it — I could see it vividly in my mind’s eye. From that moment I changed my process and found that looking within is where I find the inspiration to create.
Since that realization I created my first abstract collection, Release, to paint all that I needed to let go of. Then I painted my second abstract collection, Transition, to demonstrate how I was not brought down by the circumstances of my life — I was actually lifted up out of them by choosing to not give up on myself to grow my resilience and strength.
Now I’m working on my next collection that is about being completely free and connecting my story with others so we can walk this path together.