In what seems like another lifetime (2001!), I went to art school. I learned about color theory, stood in a studio and did sketches of naked models like you see in the movies, formed clay on a spinning pottery wheel, and much more.
While I graduated with a degree in graphic design and fine art, I listened to well-meaning people around me who told me I’d never make a living as an artist.
After graduating, I got a “real job” and spent many years working as a healthcare database administrator. I liked working in healthcare, but something was always missing. And creating art was the only thing I’d ever done that I didn’t eventually get bored with.
Now in my late 30s, I’m finally in a position financially and mentally to go after my dream. As I take small steps every day to create more art and put it out there for the world to see, I notice the things I learned in art school coming back to me.
The last week has been about renewing my knowledge of color theory and learning about limited palette illustration through some great classes on Skillshare.
Next week I’ll get started on the Kaleidoscope art program with Tam of willowing.org. I’ve done several of Tam’s Life Book courses in the past, and I always found them calming and fun.
I don’t remember how I initially found Tam, but she was a catalyst for me to get back into creating art a few years ago and I tell people about her courses every chance I get!
I’ve been put through the emotional meat grinder lately with a situation going on in my personal life. So I’ve been slower in creating art and making updates here as I’ve been trying to give myself the space I need to work through everything.
I’m proud to say that I’ve kept up on my learning and growing as an artist despite the setbacks, and I think I should give myself props for that. Woo hoo!
I’m a Tucson, Arizona-based writer and artist. My work combines nature, bright colors, and a hand-drawn feel. My inspiration comes from the Sonoran desert, my weird sense of humor, and my struggles as an artist with a technical day job.
My backyard is the wild west and I love driving my Jeep up mountains. I live in an RV with my husband, and when I’m not writing or creating, I enjoy photography, knitting, learning web development, and playing video games.