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"Be Happy Sweetheart"

My name is Tina, I am an artist, an explorer, a thinker, a collector, a storyteller, but most of all - I am simply, just... me.

I have always been creative, not just sculpting in clay, but everything from painting, photography, writing,
and even a little pyrography. It's in my blood.
My mother was an incredibly talented oil painter (painting mainly portraits) and my father was a graphic artist and signwriter.
​It took a lot of restraint as a small child, not to dip a brush into my mothers oil paints or draw a picture with my fathers very expensive graphic ink pens, but once in a while the temptation proved too strong - and I quickly learned the value of treating such art tools with respect and care.

Art for me, is not only an outlet for emotions. It is…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 16
  • Joined January 1, 2012

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Crystals, Gemstones, Driftwood, Feathers, Leather, Seeds, Leaves, Clay

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About

"Be Happy Sweetheart"

My name is Tina, I am an artist, an explorer, a thinker, a collector, a storyteller, but most of all - I am simply, just... me.

I have always been creative, not just sculpting in clay, but everything from painting, photography, writing,
and even a little pyrography. It's in my blood.
My mother was an incredibly talented oil painter (painting mainly portraits) and my father was a graphic artist and signwriter.
​It took a lot of restraint as a small child, not to dip a brush into my mothers oil paints or draw a picture with my fathers very expensive graphic ink pens, but once in a while the temptation proved too strong - and I quickly learned the value of treating such art tools with respect and care.

Art for me, is not only an outlet for emotions. It is a place where I get completely lost, all consuming, it is passionate, and it brings me a sense of renewal, of vibrance, of flourishing and growth. Where an hour turns into several, and I look up from my workbench only to realise that midnight has passed, and I am lost in the rythym of the night-crickets chirping outside the window.

I sculpt in clay, paint in acrylic, oil and watercolor, sketch in pencil and charcoal, I have even tried tile mosaics (which I wasn't very good at - but enjoyed all the same).

My journey deeper into art and self-discovery really started in the years following both the end of my marriage and the loss of my beautiful mother to cancer in 2006.
Being an only child with no siblings, my mum was my whole world, and it felt like my entire world, had indeed, crumbled to dust. Losing my mum, coupled with the end of my 10 year relationship, sent me spiraling into despair. Despair is not pretty. I spent my birthday after she passed away, crying alone at the foot of a mountain. I felt like I had nothing and no-one. I didn't even know who I was anymore. I was completely on my own for the first time in my life.

Being on your own is a scary thing, you have no one to rely on to bring you happiness, and no one to blame for any unhappiness, ...it forces you to look inward....and inward is a very raw and real place to go.
Who Am I now that I have no one to define me? What do I need? What do I love doing? What is my calling? What inspires Me? What do I want? How do I love and care for me?

Isn't it amazing - that the seemingly simplest of things - are actually quite complex when you are forced to really look hard at yourself.

In the hours before my mum died, she gathered the strength to tell me she loved me, a little after that she held my hand and in her soft voice, simply said 'Be Happy Sweetheart'. Those were my mums final words, and they echo around me everyday.

Be Happy Sweetheart.

It is so important to nourish your soul, to surround yourself in beauty and to take care of your heart, your body and your mind.

I found a lot of Love and Happiness in my art.
This is why the process of creating something from the heart and sharing that love,
is so very important to me.
I decided long ago, that every day really is a blessing. I make it a habit to rise early and watch the sun come up over the mountains. The time of day when the black cockatoo's fly from their nests out over the valley. I make sure to star gaze at least once a week. I walk barefoot on the grass at least once a day.

I am a collector of stories, of bones and of feathers.
I am a traveler, on foot, through mountains and forest.
I am a sacred space creator.
I AM SPIRIT. I AM SOUL. I AM EARTH.​



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