I’ve always loved art and have been creative.
But I stopped painting and creating for years after college.
I didn’t want to do anything creative if I couldn’t do it for a living. It was just too painful.
So I hopped from job to job to job until I was fired from my favorite job as a landscaper in 2008. I started painting again to heal my heart.
That’s what started my whimsical paintings (I’d never painted characters before) and it all eventually led to starting a business for my art and life as a full-time artist.
I’d thought it was too painful to create if I couldn’t do it full-time. But now I realize that not creating was what held me back and really crushed my spirit. So now I paint every day and I’m so honored and humbled to be able to share my art and creative journey with you (thank you!!!).
You’ll see some of the techniques I used to heal my heart and start having fun again in the Whimsical Animals video below (it’s all about play, which helps me keep my characters loose).
In this video you’ll see some of the playful techniques I use to add color, softness and shading to my face.
In Whimsical Animals class, we’ll layer all sorts of art supplies – oil paintsticks, watercolors, pastels, inks, acrylics, water-soluble pencil, papers and paint pens. You’ll learn how to paint any whimsical animal more freely, so you can easily develop your own style (and have more fun).