,Go on a journey of discovering America while you paint it with me! In each state I travel to, I choose something that inspires me to paint. I share how I accomplish each painting with you. If you would like to paint along, I have made a book of reference photos for you. Come join my membership to get the reference photos and weekly art lessons too.
I have always been eager for an adventure. When I graduated from high school I jumped at the chance to run off to Seattle, WA to try my hand at independence. After that adventure I got married and had kids (those are both big adventures). When we were finished with college we, as a family, were eager to find an adventure in Alaska.
We both didn't realize how hard it was to leave Alaska in all aspects, but we loved it there. We were seeing our kids grow up tho and we wanted them to see beyond our home in Alaska and understand the world they live in. But we had dug ourselves into a "rut" as I call it. The normal life of commuting to a job to pay for the house and that feeling like doing something else was out of our grasp. The more I stayed stuck the more the sadness crept into my life, that adventure seeking girl was becoming a lost soul.
Yes, I was truly blessed to have a nice home, in the beautiful state of Alaska, with my sweetheart and three wonderful children. Those were all blessings that had followed from making choices towards that direction. I came to realize that much like a painting, I was painting the life I wanted by choosing what to create with what God had given me for tools.
I came to realize that I needed to figuratively paint the life of adventure I wanted. I teach my art students to have courage when they see the blank canvas in front of them and see possibilities, and I needed to to have that same courage and open mind to what can be possible in my life. From then on I made choices to bring me closer to what I wanted to see in my future. I took the steps needed to start an amazing adventure with my family traveling and creating art in all 50 U.S. states. Just like with my art, I had to take it one step at a time without losing sight of the picture I wanted.
While we travel I create art from what inspires me around America. In my videos I share the beauty I find in nature and how I capture that on canvas. I'm excited to share this art journey with you!