By all means...

“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

 

I graduated high school in 1996 with full intentions of obtaining my BFA and starting a career as a fine artist.  And then, I chickened out.  I opted instead for a masters degree in Speech Pathology and a nearly 15 year career working with children, most of whom had autism, teaching alternative communication methods.  I loved my job.  It was stable, interesting, rewarding, creative, and fun.  Through it, I have met the most amazing people.  But, I never stopped regretting my decision to let go of painting.  It took me nearly 15 years to muster up the courage to finally put my first painting out in the public’s eye and stick a price tag on it.  It was one of the scariest things I have ever done.  I knew instantly I could never, ever, give up on painting again. 

The thing is, I had a great life, great friends, great family.  I was happy.  But there was something more I was craving.  Something individual.  Something that only I could create for myself.  And painting was the answer.  My way of spilling out all these crazy, mixed-up emotions, day to day struggles and triumphs, mixing them all together, and, in the end, having something positive.  Something that says keep going; reach a little further; smile a little wider; hug a little tighter.  It’s all about communication, after all…