Never, in my wildest dreams, did I ever think I would grow up to be a Fine Artist!
Growing up, I remember all of my siblings being better at drawing than I was.
My father owned this book called, "Birds of North America", which had hundreds of wonderful bird pictures inside of it. My three siblings and I would sit down for hours drawing these magnificent birds displayed within it's pages.
And, at the end of our drawing sessions my siblings would always tease me about my drawings, "Don't give up your daytime job" they would snicker.
Believing I was not creative I spent my younger years focused towards Law. I wanted to be a lawyer - one day, a judge.
Unfortunately, in my early 20's, I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and multiple chronic health disorders. I lost my ability to walk, talk, and even feed myself.
In 2019, the city of Fort McMurray came together and raised the funds I needed for life saving brain surgery down in Houston, Texas. I had brain surgery to remove a rare brain tumor and my life restarted... I had to relearn many Motor and Cognitive functions.
It's funny, following brain surgery I had this thought, "I can't wait to get back to the old me"; but, the truth was, there was no going back to the "old me". I was reborn and needed to learn who I was reborn into.
Every day, I struggle with Brain Injury symptoms, Chronic Pain, and Mental Health disorders. This comes with many limitations and life can be very isolating.
Luckily, I have an extremely supportive husband, Christopher, A.K.A., King CareGiver!
Coming out of brain surgery Chris put me in many Art Therapy courses, Woodworking Therapy courses, and Float Therapy sessions. What started out as Motor and Cognitive Therapy grew into a HUGE passion for the arts!
As my artwork developed, I became apart of the Federation of Canadian Artists where I made a wonderful connection with a my mentor, Mark Anthony (https://markanthonystudio.com/) . Mark specializes in classical traditional drawings and has brought about a beautiful new world to me. I am so privileged to be working with Mark. His support has allowed me to feel re-integrated back into society - even with all my limitations.
My brain tumor journey stole so much from me; but, it also gave me a whole new life path - the path of being a Professional Fine Artist!
For a girl who couldn't draw a stick man if her life depended on it (before going in for brain surgery) to now selling original pieces of art around the world, my siblings can no longer say to me "don't give up your daytime job".
I am happy to share my art with you - I hope it brings as much joy to you as it does to me.
Welcome, and join me as I continue to walk this crazy life path.
I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.