As an artist, I’ve held many dreams. When I discovered art as a young child all that I could think about was mixing watercolors and playing with crayons and acrylic paint. Later in high school and my first years of taking art courses in junior college, I never could have known of the opportunities that were waiting for me just around the corner.
The main dream that I held was to study art and be recognized as an artist by not only my peers but others outside of my college network. I wasn’t sure entirely of how this recognition would come so I continued to hone my craft and enjoy my journey along the way.
Soon after graduating college opportunities started to present themselves. Each time that I accepted, more would come! Some of those were, showing my work in a gallery, then a showcase of a large painting in that very same gallery front window, 👇🏼👇🏼donating artwork to charity, and winning first place at an art festival.
Each new experience pushed me into doing more, creating more. As a creative person, I am consistently practicing courage for the art that I share, experimenting, going out into the unknown with my work. I push boundaries and then fine tune and adjust my projects to meet the fluctuations of life.
The type of work that I have created has indeed fluctuated with my life. For example, when I was younger, I dabbled in all types of art. Graphic design, interior design, painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D Design, textile art / sewing, collage, and abstract. My first love, however, was oil painting and my second was sewing.
Becoming a military spouse 5 years ago gave me the opportunity to focus more on sewing because it was a creative outlet but also because I could adapt it easily to our constant moves. It was easier for me to pack / unpack sewing materials then oil painting supplies.
In 2020 I started an Etsy shop👆🏼👆🏼 to sell the sewing projects that I was making. I focused mostly on quilted items both large and small. Below is an indoor pillow cover from my shop that I’m loving right now.
Fast forward to 2021 as I was searching one day on Facebook for different military spouse groups to join and I came across MilspoFAN (Military Spouse Fine Artists Network) and thought it would be a great group to network in and potentially meet other military spouse artists. Then a few days later the Content Coordinator for the group reached out to me asking if I’d be interested in an interview. What? Me? Of course!
My interview was posted to their blog for the March Issue. Follow the link below the photo to read more. 👇🏼👇🏼
I whole heartily believe that taking these risks sends a message to the universe that we are ready for more. My advice is to keep doing what you’re doing. Keep creating and living your life. Be open, you never know what is just around the corner.
I’d love to hear from you! 👈🏼👈🏼 I read all of the comments!