I've been an artist for as long as I can remember.
When I was little, we didn't have a lot of money, so I would create art journals out of that wheaty paper schools handed out for free. Teachers were generous, so I would take a few dozen sheets and a handful of brads home with me. Leftover rice worked as paste, and we always had a Sears catalog or some old magazines bought from the library hanging around for me to cut and tear up.
When I had my own money to spend, I bought fantastic thrift store clothes (because ARTIST) and small art supply kits. I started with collage, moved into water color and pastels, and now my favorite medium fluctuates between heavy body acrylic and house paint I buy by the gallon. I work on canvas, paper, and wood. I love layering paint with collage, so I can sand down to show the history of the piece. Like architectural decay on purpose.
In 2020, I was awarded a grant by The Alexa Rose Foundation. Stay tuned for new work generously funded by that money.
I've been a stylist for nearly 26 years. I never intended to stick with it. In fact, I've done professional training, management, marketing, and so many other things during that time, too. I love my clients and being self-employed too much to leave it, though. I love the time with my family. I love the community my work has built around me. My people are the best people. My husband became a barber five years ago, so that we could work together, and we're growing our little shop into a place where people get pampered, find quirky gifts (thebenchgifts.com), and join in fun events (including #boisefirstfriday). Once this pandemic is behind us, we'll reboot those events.
A long time ago, I decided my life would always include creative pursuits, and so it does. I make some type of art piece daily (look for them on Instagram). I'm president of Alley Repertory Theater's board. I've acted in quite a few independent films and on stage. I taught my daughter to draw with frozen mashed fruit made into crayons when she was barely able to sit in a high chair. I'm currently working on a novel (or three).
These are not unusual things saved for "artsy" people. They are what happens when you decide to make creativity a priority.
"A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself."
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear