e'Layne Koenigsberg's Profile

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e' l a y n e

Some of my first and fondest memories were designing clothes with my nana at age four. Drawing my poodle was a passion. Growing up mom and I took many crafty classes together. My hands were always busy. When I started college I was going to be an art major. In my first art class the teacher told the class to draw an egg. I raised my hand and told him I wasn’t inspired to draw an egg. He assured me I was in the wrong class. It was that day my creative spirit was squelched and my major changed to sociology.

It took a spiritual quest to regain my desire, inspiration and confidence to make art and to get in touch with my creative spirit…months camping in Shenandoah National Park, mime school in Boulder, Colorado and zig zagging across America in a Volkswagon camper. My journey took me from living in Florida most of my life to landing in Orinda,…

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  • Joined June 6, 2008

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About

e' l a y n e

Some of my first and fondest memories were designing clothes with my nana at age four. Drawing my poodle was a passion. Growing up mom and I took many crafty classes together. My hands were always busy. When I started college I was going to be an art major. In my first art class the teacher told the class to draw an egg. I raised my hand and told him I wasn’t inspired to draw an egg. He assured me I was in the wrong class. It was that day my creative spirit was squelched and my major changed to sociology.

It took a spiritual quest to regain my desire, inspiration and confidence to make art and to get in touch with my creative spirit…months camping in Shenandoah National Park, mime school in Boulder, Colorado and zig zagging across America in a Volkswagon camper. My journey took me from living in Florida most of my life to landing in Orinda, California to attend John F. Kennedy University. Majoring in the field of Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and studying Jungian dream work and ancient visual symbols began to re-awaken the artist and wild woman within. Photography was also food for my soul.

Love took me from California to Maui, Hawaii, where I began my business, “Gypsy In Me,” over two decades ago, selling hand-painted clothing and designing jewelry. In addition to traveling the art show circuit for twenty years, in 1996, I co-founded an art gallery called Wild Women Gallery. Tallahassee, Florida, is now home where I manage a thriving artist community call Railroad Square Art Park.

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I’ve been an artist all my life. When I was young, my mother was constantly doing little art projects to make our home beautiful. Like the Shake & Bake commercial, “I helped.” My mood is my driving force for creativity. When I’m rebellious, my art is rebellious. When I have a broken heart, my art displays a broken heart. I lived in Albuquerque for 18 months and it inspired a lot of Native American, Southwest adobe art. Art is in my soul and has no fear expressing itself.

I met E’layne and her photo of the drain pipe angels (www.theangelstory.com) in 2006. Of course I was amazed and had to see them for myself, so I went on the pilgrimage to the coast of California photographing E’layne photographing the angels. Though they are no longer visible as before, they still stand behind the massive rock that has formed. It’s simply awesome. I am excited to be part of the Esty adventure and The Angel Story venture.

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