The short story: I help artists build their skill and find their unique artist voice. You can access free resources and content at Artist Strong.
The long story:
The Balinese have no word in their language for “artist.” The arts are so ingrained into their culture and expectation of daily life that there is no need for the word, “art.”
Can you imagine being part of a world where there is no need to delineate between artist and human being? Can you imagine a world where everyone recognizes the inherent nature of humanity IS creativity?
I’ve always known I was an artist, but I didn’t always know that my desire to be creative was valuable.
I battled external messaging that art was not important, nor something to spend my time on. Two serious health problems changed my perspective. When you realize your time on this planet could be a lot shorter than you expect, it changes your priorities. It helps you see the difference between what people want for you and what your heart calls you to do.
I’ve studied Art and Art History at Colgate University as well as completed a masters in Educational Leadership with The George Washington University. I’ve taught art to all ages, from elementary school through to adulthood. Countless people I’ve worked with are told their interest in the arts is trivial. No more.
In my early 20s I was part of a touring exhibition of artists whose work was exhibited at both The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as The Smithsonian. My work has been exhibited across the US as well as in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Before this, I didn’t think my work was important or valuable (or even really “art”) until I had a gallery showing. Now I know otherwise.
When I’m not shouting from rooftops (or emails) about the arts and creative play, I’m traveling with my husband Joseph, listening to podcasts (Amy Porterfield, OnBeing, The Jealous Curator, Stuff You Should Know, RadioLab, The School of Greatness, Being Boss, The Goodlife Project…), and making my own art.