Happy me - at my first art retreat.
Happy me - at my first art retreat.

The Journey So Far

In a few weeks I’ll open registration for my first art retreat – The Creative Nomad, An Art Journaling Adventure.  I’m delighted to host two incredible art journaling teachers, Roxanne Coble and Brian Kasstle.  Soon, I’ll share their stories, but today I want to write about my own creative evolution.

I grew up in a very creative household – my Dad is an entrepreneurial artist – he’s built a thriving business!  My Mom is a life-long, self-taught painter.  She’s also an incredibly talented interior designer and home “flipper”.

They probably renovated 10 homes before I moved out at 18 – each place more beautiful than the next.  I received a true hands on DIY education!  Alongside Mom, I painted many walls, planted tons of gardens, customized heaps of furniture and more!  Mom allowed – no encouraged me – to decorate my own bedrooms.

Throughout my young adulthood, I most certainly had a creative soul, although I wouldn’t become a painter for many more years.  I surrounded myself with artistic people.  I sought out creative adventures – attending art fairs, concerts, plays – I adored film, epic books, travel and exotic clothing!

In my late twenties, I partnered with Mom in opening an art gallery and interior design firm in Palm Desert CA.  We had the gallery for years.  I adored working with the artists – we even hosted a weekly radio show featuring talks with our gallery’s artists . . .

All of this – I’ve left out so much for brevity’s sake – is to say that I was a classic “Shadow Artist”.  I had surrounded myself with creatives and had immersed myself in a truly creative lifestyle, yet I wasn’t a capital A “Artist”.

Yes, I was creative – there were hints of it in how I hung our gallery or how I decorated my apartment.  But paint – or draw – or write?  Nope, that wouldn’t come until 6 years ago.  I’m now 54.

My first conscious thought that I might be an Artist arose when my decades-long-journal-keeping-habit began to include imagery.  I don’t remember why or when, but I began pasting in magazine photos.  Soon, quick sketches were also being laid down.  It kind of just happened . . . naturally . . . it evolved.

My curiosity about my new visual journaling style led to the discovery of art journaling.   Books about visual journaling had begun appearing in bookstores – or maybe I’d just opened my eyes.  I was moved to tears by the journals of Dan Eldon and obsessed with the diaries of Peter Beard.

Soon thereafter, I got really brave.  I signed up for an in person 4 day art journaling class with the idolized Sabrina Ward Harrison!  It was really expensive for me – but she was teaching in my neighborhood and it felt like a sign I tell you.  I think it was . . . I HAD to go.

I really didn’t know what I was doing during most of her class, but felt I was home!  I walked away learning so much about living a creative life and diving deep into the creative process.  But honestly, I learned more about what I needed – and I needed more art-making time, more color, more depth, more community!

I began an extensive search for my more and I found it.  My very first painting on canvas grew out of a 6-month online writing/painting mentorship with my beloved Shiloh Sophia McCloud.  I rented a warehouse studio with Mom before I finished my first painting!  My journey was underway and I’ve never looked back.

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Sabrina and happy shiny me
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Beaming me and Shiloh

My love for art making and creative community has only grown deeper in these past 6 years – I’ve attended many workshops and retreats.  I now know I have a true yearning to support the arts AND a real mission to champion artists – especially young or emerging women artists.  Creating beautiful spaces is still a strong passion.  All of my early wanderings make so much sense to me now.

I have gathered all the tools in my backpack for this new adventure – hosting truly special and memorable art retreats.  I believe it’s what I was built for!

I plan for these retreats to be truly sacred – an escape from your routine, a chance to explore a beautiful destination, a valuable investment in your creative growth and an opportunity to commune with your artistic peers.

Please sign up at the bottom of any page of this website to stay informed.  I promise I won’t bombard you with updates.

Wherever you are on your own artistic journey, I think you’ll want to join us – I can’t wait to welcome you!

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2 comments

  1. Mom says:

    I loved every word it is lovely and I am so proud of you!!! But then I always have been! Good luck with all you have in front of u!
    You are my best piece of art……..go
    Little girl!

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