I have lived in Ohio all of my life. This blog documents my past artwork, recent projects, and future dreams for anything art related.
I am active in many artist organizations, including The Ananda Center for the Arts, and ArtsinStark. I teach art classes at the Massillon Museum for the Artful Living Program.
I started drawing in middle school, as a more technical pencil artist, reproducing photos of cats big and small, including my own pets and those at the zoo. In high school I explored other mediums in my art classes, and fell in love with both chalk pastels and acrylic paint. In college, I completed art projects for an elementary teaching degree, and also started a freelance business of painting, woodburning, and designing scale miniature objects for a wholesale dollhouse company.
Once I started teaching, and raising my children, art sadly came to a full stop for many years, except for a few items I would create and give away as gifts. Nothing was for myself, and I always felt guilty to waste time painting when I had so much real work to do. (Ack – Did I really do that myself?)
A few years ago I realized that art was missing from my life and ventured out to find ways to get it back. My inner artist was hurt, neglected, and abandoned. I slowly offered my services to nonprofits and started answering calls for artists, some for free, and some commission based. My success so far, and the joy of creating has lead me to take my life in an entirely new direction. I have quit my job as a learning analyst and I’m ready to start my adventure into being an artist full time, instead of a hobby squeezed in on the side.
I hope you will follow me on my journey as I share my story, the ups and the downs, as I dive head first into the world of art.
Wow, I love your Blog, hopefully it works out…
Thanks for the follow. My younger sister is an artist–or used to be. I really admire what you do!
Thanks so much!
I’m excited for you to be reintegrating art into your life! You can push art aside, but it’s always there inside of you, waiting to be unleashed again. Sometimes it’s okay to listen to your heart, instead of always our heads. I really like your artwork I’ve seen here and look forward to following you! Take care! 🙂
Thank you so much for the support and encouragement! I’m enjoying your daily sketches and happy to meet someone else passionate about art.
Hi there Amanda,
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂
Have a great day,