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I have been artistic since I was a little girl. When I was almost five years old, my brother was born and had numerous health complications so we spent quite a bit of time making road trips into the city for his medical appointments. My parents always packed a travel bag with sketchbooks, paint by number kits, drawing pencils, crayons and markers for me to keep myself occupied during the drive and I would spend the six hour return trip sketching and coloring pictures to show my little brother. As he got older, it became a guessing game and I tried my hardest to perfect my drawing skills so that he would be able to easily guess what my pictures were. Those car trips could have be long and boring but as an adult looking back on my childhood, they are some of my favorite memories.

My mother spent most of our childhood years at home with us and my interest in art thrived because of her crafty…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 14
  • Joined April 23, 2009

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canvas, acrylic inks, soft body acrylics, modeling paste, crackle paste, patterned paper, pitt pens, gel medium, alcohol inks

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About

I have been artistic since I was a little girl. When I was almost five years old, my brother was born and had numerous health complications so we spent quite a bit of time making road trips into the city for his medical appointments. My parents always packed a travel bag with sketchbooks, paint by number kits, drawing pencils, crayons and markers for me to keep myself occupied during the drive and I would spend the six hour return trip sketching and coloring pictures to show my little brother. As he got older, it became a guessing game and I tried my hardest to perfect my drawing skills so that he would be able to easily guess what my pictures were. Those car trips could have be long and boring but as an adult looking back on my childhood, they are some of my favorite memories.

My mother spent most of our childhood years at home with us and my interest in art thrived because of her crafty sense of adventure. She was always finding new projects for us to try - using paper mache and balloons to make pinatas, spray painting empty spiderwebs and transferring them to cardstock so that we could examine the delicate details. My father restored antique cars in the evenings on on weekends and often let me watch and help him as he applied intricate pin-striping and detailed artwork to the new paint. He always had the patience to answer my never ending questions and taught me about the chemistry of mixing paint and additives and how to apply paint in different ways to achieve different results. My childhood was steeped in creativity.

When I was fourteen, my brother passed away just a month after his tenth birthday. And I lost my passion for everything, including art. Grief took over and my parents and I spent quite some time simply going through the motions of living. As time passed, it did get easier, but I became busy with high school, preparing for university and all that other stuff that happens and occupies your time when you become an adult.

I didn't pick up my artwork again until I was twenty four. That year, my husband's work moved us across the country and his hours meant that I spent a lot of time on my own with our oldest son. I decided to start scrapbooking to distract myself from being away from Newfoundland and my parents. And slowly but surely, I dabbled a little into doodling, sketching and watercoloring again, but I didn't dive back in deep again until we moved back to Newfoundland 5 years ago. Being back on the island was amazing for our family and it will always be where we belong, but our life is nothing if not interesting and there is always a new adventure.

These days, my life is extremely busy. But it's a very happy sort of busy and I'm learning to find the time for art because it makes me a happy, carefree person and I can be a better wife and mother when I'm happy with myself. My husband's work recently transferred us back across the country so we are away from home again but our family is settling in. He still works long hours and I stay at home with our three children. Our boys are age five and nine and our daughter is two. I've become the same kind of mother that my mom was to me...I carve out time in the studio for myself by inviting the kids (and sometimes hubby too!) to get messy and creative alongside me. Occasionally our baby girl might have paint splotches in her hair or on her pajamas and the two boys have paint splatter stains on almost all their jeans. But they are in love with art and love being with their mama so we don't mind the mess.

The toughest part of being creative for me is that my mind is always racing with ideas and sometimes it's difficult for me decide which idea to pursue next. I still do traditional paper scrapbooking, make cards and dabble in digital scrapbooking but I'm at my happiest and most fulfilled when I'm up to my elbows in paint and goopy stuff working on a mixed media project.

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