Art and creativity have always felt natural and intuitive to me. I started drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil and draw. I spend many days as a child in my own world drawing and filling up notebooks. My first passion has always been the visual arts in order to not only practice and grow, but also as a vehicle to express myself. I enjoy the technical side of getting the likeness of a portrait, but the older I get, the more I want to loosen up and not get so hung up on the details. I love exploring different mediums in order to unlock the potential, and this allows me to follow the inspiration I feel. I went from primarily colored pencil to water media since I started to have flare up due to psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. Unfortunately colored pencils take a long time, so integrating watercolor and ink into the mix has been a lot of fun. Even though the pandemic opened up my potential through educating myself, I really miss connecting with the other local artists and going to events in the St. Louis area. I do hope that changes soon.
I’ve always felt the need to create is an essential part of who I am, and I’m sure plenty of artists understand this. Whether I’m photographing concerts (a side gig) or I’m creating videos for my YouTube channel, it’s a necessity to “get it out of me and into reality”. I don’t care as much for the accolades or awards anymore; I’d rather be fulfilled doing what I love and making a living out of it.