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I have been making art since before I can remember. My parents told me that around 18 months I began sitting for long periods of time filling up pads of paper with circles and then going back and making faces in each circle.

My love of art was encouraged in Montessori and throughout most of my school years I painted with watercolor, acrylic, and drew in pen and pencil. I was even fortunate enough to have a jewelry making class in high school where I was able to explore and become proficient in my first three dimensional art form. During school I also gravitated toward science and math eventually falling in love with biological sciences. Waffling back and forth from creative degrees to science degrees I finally finished college with a BS in Physical Education and Kinesiology with a concentration in Nutritional Science…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 11
  • Joined April 16, 2011

Favorite materials

acrylic, oil, paint pens, photography, graphic design, fabric, metal, ceramics

About

I have been making art since before I can remember. My parents told me that around 18 months I began sitting for long periods of time filling up pads of paper with circles and then going back and making faces in each circle.

My love of art was encouraged in Montessori and throughout most of my school years I painted with watercolor, acrylic, and drew in pen and pencil. I was even fortunate enough to have a jewelry making class in high school where I was able to explore and become proficient in my first three dimensional art form. During school I also gravitated toward science and math eventually falling in love with biological sciences. Waffling back and forth from creative degrees to science degrees I finally finished college with a BS in Physical Education and Kinesiology with a concentration in Nutritional Science.

My first job was at a jewelry store (another swing back to the arts) and after a while of making and selling jewelry I began to feel empty, as if what I was doing didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. So I made a shift back to biological sciences and got a job in Ophthalmology which led to nursing school, becoming a RN and working for a few years in that capacity before having children. All the while I had been taking photos, painting in oil and acrylic for fun, for gifts, and for commission.

Now that I am a stay at home mother of two wonderful boys I get to do art with them all the time but not much of my own. I am inherently an exacting type of artist and gravitate toward media where I have control such as pen, pencil, paint pens and graphic design. I have always admired people who could be free enough of any forethought of what things should look like in order to do abstracts. During creative time with my children we began to experiment with various painting techniques and I was able to find so much beauty in their mostly accidental (but sometimes intentional) blending of colors. I couldn’t reproduce it in a million years! So I decided to photograph their work in order to preserve it. While viewing the work on the computer I began to edit it digitally using various filters, changing colors, brightness, contrast and cropping to find magical parts of each piece of work that weren't visible at first glance. It has become a treasure hunt and it is so rewarding to look at a painting and find a person watching a lava flow, where an ocean meets a beach, or a lush garden of flowers.

I am currently working with my own children on their paintings, helping to guide and facilitate their creative process. We paint together and blend our styles to create extraordinary art. I am hoping to work with other children to do the same. I also intend to take more time to paint my own whimsical designs, the ones that have been archiving themselves in my brain since my first son was born.

Children are amazing and I believe we have as much to learn from them as they do from us. This art honors them and facilitates their innate creativity. Thank you for supporting the mission of Nuniart ("Nuni" is one of the many loving nicknames we have given our first son). Check out my blog: nuniart.wordpress.com where I not only promote finished art pieces but also commissioned work.

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