MY ARTISTIC JOURNEY
I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember.
It was how I spent the majority of my free time as a child. In high school it was the main reason I went to school.
I started my college career as a fine art major but changed my focus out of fear of becoming a starving artist. I often heard things like, “you can’t make a living making art,” and “you shouldn’t turn your passion into your career.” I understand now that both of these statements are absolutely false. I completed a minor in photography but art making in general remained a hobby.
As an adult, I continued to create in my spare time. I sold a few paintings here and there but most of my work ended up with friends and family, on my own walls, or shoved away in a closet. Once I became a counselor, I was naturally drawn to using art as a therapeutic tool. For years I worked at an arts-based school and was fortunate to have lots of opportunity and support to integrate art into my job.
I still integrate art into my work, but my real motivation for creating is that it supports my own wellness.
Art allows me to sift through my deep and complex emotions. It helps me process my personal experiences. It lets me release, rest and reset.
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
~Vincent Van Gogh
ABOUT MY ART
I’ve always been drawn to the female figure. It’s the subject I’ve painted more than any other.
I also enjoy creating collages, landscapes, animals, and the occasional abstract piece. I am a mixed media artist and tend to work in bold, bright color.
My work is infused with deep emotion.
Both my own and that of others. My portraits are mostly fictitious, although I have done some of people I know.
I love people’s stories and am perpetually amazed by their strength and resilience.
I hold a strong connection to spirit and the natural world. This all serves as inspiration for my art.
Each piece has a story to tell and deep message buried within.
AVAILABLE WORK & PRODUCTS
I have various prints and original work available for purchase. Visit my Etsy shop (FireBirdCreativeRx) or schedule an appointment to view or inquire available pieces. All of the artwork shown in the gallery can be purchased as prints. I’m always building my collection and product offerings so check back for updated information.