Because of my four.
For me, art is a large part of who I am- I have always invested into creative pursuits, be it as an outlet, an expression or an experiment. I don’t remember a time where I did not have more than one project on the go.
Born on Wiradjuri Land in Wagga Wagga, I was fortunate enough to grow up with just enough country to connect with Mother Earth, and just enough city to connect with some incredible people. I am so lucky to still live in Wagga Wagga and am remarkably grateful for the life I get to live each day.
My creativity escapes in many ways and my favourite way is though art, particularly painting. As a child I was inspired by my father, with whom my Aboriginal heritage comes from. Almost daily, my dad found a new hobby or interest, carrying with him an amazing ‘how hard can it be’ attitude. I was gently encouraged by my mother, who saw the amazing souls she was raising and guided us to follow our intuitive strengths, however they presented themselves.
My need to create is much deeper than a hobby, for me it is essential. Art is a way of living- a form in which to communicate, a therapy. I have an innate sense of fulfillment and emotional strength when I paint. Something I have searched for over years.
For so many years my creative energy has been poured into being a provider for my four children- whether it be through cooking, nesting or building our family home. As my children have grown, I have become supremely aware of how my actions and attitudes are shaping their lives. By investing time in my interests and role-modelling self-care and self-worth, they are able to see the importance of this for themselves.
I don’t believe I will ever stop creating. I have so many projects, wishes, plans and adventures waiting in the pipeline to be explored.
As for the future, all I can do is continue to grow. To spread kindness like wildfire and to positively influence those around me. I will continue to learn more about myself and my interests. I will continue to learn more about who I am and how I can add to the fulfillment in which I have found through art. I will always be a giver, a peacemaker and a friend. This time is for me and I am so excited that you are here on my journey as I paint my heart out.