My life and art is not perfectly documented.
There is a period of time that I was offline and a time where I felt like I lost my sense of creativity altogether, but I wanted to kind of map out my mind with the photos I could keep intact. This isn't necessarily my best work, it really is just random pieces that I still have somehow. I was always a creative person, like I got in trouble for drawing on the wall with crayons and I was the kid in class that would always draw things for you if you asked nicely. I liked drawing cartoons and anime at first, but as a teenager, I became influenced by fashion magazines and an editorial flair for art and style. I studied printing in Oakland, CA and turned my final project into a textiles and fashion piece. Then during my senior year, I landed a spot on the prom committee of a popular teen magazine and wrote a few pieces for the fashion section.
I developed parts of my style by being influenced by fashion magazines, but my style is more influenced by how I grew up as a creative misfit stuck in the quiet outskirts of town doing what I can with what I have. I didn't stick with fashion and chose to follow the art route to challenge myself to design what I needed to. I continued my studies in San Diego, CA and spent a lot of my free time painting in my dorm room. I drew and painted a lot over the years and explored other creative practices like metal and ceramics during my design studies, but I don't have everything perfectly documented. Here's a glimpse into what I still have from my college art photos.
After these photos, it took me a few years to get back into the flow again to create what I currently have in my portfolio and in progress page. Sometimes I think that's a few years lost from making art and adding to my portfolio, but with what I experienced, I can also see that time period as a critical journey in my growing faith which is very important to me as an artist and writer. My inspiration found me again when I took another look at an old painting. I have tried three different painting ideas that did not work out on my horizontal canvas (in my first post), maybe it felt forced or unnatural, until one fine day, I just drew the layout for an artsy woman and I don't know how those lines came to me and worked out so perfectly.
In a way, I really do feel like God gave me that stroke of creativity and He inspired me to paint once again. I see Him really working in my life because God led me to a job working with plants and He encouraged me create painted planters. It might not seem like a big deal, like hey this girl only paints pots, but that process took years for me to come to and I might have missed this endeavor without God's guidance in my life. This is all still fairly new to me, but I can explore this idea of both an art journey and a faith journey in another post. Until then, please ask yourself these questions: