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Hi everyone!

Thanks for taking the time to read up a little on me. Where to begin? I was born in Flushing, Queens, New York. The oldest of five children, my mom and dad always agreed I was my happiest when I was sitting outside, staring at flowers, making things in the dirt and simply creating and being in beauty.

I went to a very competitive high school and like most of my friends, our parents had high expectations of our becoming doctors and lawyers. Indeed, I always wanted to be a vet or an environmental lawyer. This being said, my AP classes in high school were Studio Art and English Literature. Although I won the AP Studio Art Award and had always excelled in being creative, my father saw it as little more of a hobby.

Senior year, after selling some of my first paintings,…

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  • Born on April 4
  • Joined January 18, 2008

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About

Hi everyone!

Thanks for taking the time to read up a little on me. Where to begin? I was born in Flushing, Queens, New York. The oldest of five children, my mom and dad always agreed I was my happiest when I was sitting outside, staring at flowers, making things in the dirt and simply creating and being in beauty.

I went to a very competitive high school and like most of my friends, our parents had high expectations of our becoming doctors and lawyers. Indeed, I always wanted to be a vet or an environmental lawyer. This being said, my AP classes in high school were Studio Art and English Literature. Although I won the AP Studio Art Award and had always excelled in being creative, my father saw it as little more of a hobby.

Senior year, after selling some of my first paintings, I declared I was not going to college but moving instead to "the" Village (Greenwich Village- pre-hip Brooklyn years) to *make it* as an artist. Over my dad's dead body, he declared.

Well, I had every intention of going to college and I did. Kenyon College, in Gambier, Ohio proved fecund fodder for my creative nature. I took many art classes, including several photography classes.

Though I pursued the pre-med track, several years after college I was still trying to "find myself" professionally. In 1998 I moved to Savannah to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design for my Masters in Interior Design. Catching a mighty wander lust in college, I knew I was going to live and work internationally so I switched my concentration to graphic design.

My reasoning? "Have laptop, will travel." Owner and creator of a cafe/boutique and several years later, I sold my house in Savannah and moved to Dallas to become an international travel guide. After living in Costa Rica for five months, my job took me to Paris. When the contract was over, I decided to stay in Paris, rent an apartment and have a go at, Ernest Hemmingway style.

I drank my demi-bieres and cafes cremes at many a cafe in Marais, Blvd. St. Germain and Rue Mouffetard to name a few. I was living "la vie extraordinaire" and loving it, until my savings ran out and it was time to return home. I went crazy with my humble little digital camera, my journal and drawings. I am grateful for that window of my life.

And here I am now, almost two summers later having spent over seven months living in South Korea as an ESL teacher (in addition to pre-med, I was also an English major).

So there you have it. I'm in love with being able to create. I cannot exist without having beauty around me, whether in nature or created by human hands. I enjoy hunting for beauty in the most unlikely places. For me, it's not necessarily the object in itself that fascinates me, but the light, color, shadow and contrast. The beauty lies in these things, the story then lies behind the pretty oddities of the subjects.

Thank you again for your time. Please feel free to keep in touch or send me questions or comments. I really do appreciate your input. Cheers!

Anissa

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