There are terms to describe my creativity…words like “Synesthesia, Acquired Savantism and Accidental Genius" are all thrown about among experts talking about how I suddenly discovered the ability to paint 3 years ago. I was an award-winning entrepreneur before the “mild” traumatic brain injury that changed my life. I was at Costco to get a bag of cat food when the hatch of my SUV dropped on my head. It has been a long recovery, during which I was encouraged to paint. I dismissed the idea, as I couldn’t even draw a stick figure! When I finally gave it a try, I can’t explain what happened next - my hands simply knew what to do. I transformed into an insatiable artist overnight. This is what it means to be an Acquired Savant. I am self-taught, and I have never taken an art class. I simply sat on the floor of the art store and allowed my hands to explore what felt right. My journey through art healed me, and now I feel called to help others discover the profound healing power of art…something that I only discovered by accident. I approach every canvas with no plan. The key is to silence my inner critic while I allow the process to unfold. Each painting becomes a journey that conveys its own transformational arc with layer upon layer of emotion. In the end, I peer into myself through the lens of the art, and I am grateful.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Willamson
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Each painting is an adventure…a walk into the wood toward an unknown ending. With abundant courage I step out of the embryonic warmth into the darkness alone waiting for sparks of color to run down my arms and through my wrists only to slowly drip from my fingertips. Speak God, thy humble servant is listening. I am entirely self-taught, only following intuition as my guide.