It all began at the age of three in northern NH, when I picked up my first crayon. Since then, I have been painting and drawing ever since.
Realizing I had a talent for art, my parents signed me up for art classes at the age of seven.
Throughout my school years, I received many awards for my artistic talent. The only problem was, I was extremely insecure and full of self-doubt.
Thinking it was the only way to make a living as an artist, I ended up attending college to study Graphic Design. I had no clue what it was. But, despite that, I am a 1999 graduate of Plymouth State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and a minor in Graphic Design and Art History.
The commercial art thing didn't resonate with me though so I never pursued a job as a Graphic Designer. Instead I tended bar.
In 2001, my sister called and asked me to join her in sunny California. Since my boyfriend had just broken up with me and I was kind of a hot mess, I packed up my stuff and moved out west in hopes of a new life and a fresh start.
Being asked to move out west has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me because it was in California that my life began to really change.
The change did not happen overnight though.
In fact, it is truly a MIRACLE I am alive!
For almost two decades, I suffered, in silence, with a severe eating disorder.
Thankfully, in 2006, I got into recovery for this eating disorder as well as from alcohol and drug addiction.
I have been sober and on a great path ever since.
I did not attempt a career as an artist until my mid thirties (I am now 42).
Because of some sudden debilitating back and neck pain, I was laid off from a regular 9 to 5 job. This was scary for me.
I was not sure how I was going to make a living as a single woman but it turned out to be a blessing because, shortly after I was laid off, I stumbled upon the world of face and body artistry while babysitting.
I fell in love with this art form right away. Little did I know it had found its way to me to help me see my own beauty, build my confidence as an artist and heal from the inside out.
Since, this art form has healed and blessed countless others. I began to pursue face and body art a means to make a living. It has been quite a fun journey but not without it's challenges.
Since then I have painted thousands of people all across the United States. In fact, my body art was featured on the cover of Skin MarkZ magazine.
My self-made videos on You Tube received over 1,211,490 minutes of watch time. I have painted several large scale murals in homes and restaurants throughout northern California.
Refusing to believe artists must "starve" and barely make it, I have chosen to make many sacrifices to be able to do what I love to do.
For instance, over the years, I have rented rooms in several different homes to keep the cost of rent very low. In fact, for a couple years, a family even let me live in their home for FREE, yes FREE, because they said they wanted to "sponsor" an artist like they did back when Picasso was alive.
The back and neck pain never left. In fact, it has gotten worse. But I choose to look at it as a blessing because it forces me to trust God and because I cannot hold a regular 9 to 5, I have HAD no choice but to think of creative ways to make a living as an artist.
I think I have done quite well for a single lady!
I haven't given up hope that I will heal completely but in the meantime as I do my physical therapy and study with NASM to become a CPT, my love for singing and music has kicked up.
I have always wanted to play a musical instrument. I tried to teach myself how to play guitar about a decade ago. This was interesting considering I have no clue how to read music. But I did manage to write a song. You can see it here.
I always say that my LIFE is my art and I strive to live each day open to BE love and create LOVE wherever and how ever I am called.