I’m an artist living in Olympia, WA and I create whimsical paintings of animals, flowers, and all things nature.
I’ve been an animal lover since I was a kid. Especially cats. Most items on my bucket list are getting to meet animals like sloths, elephants, and big cats.
I love interacting with their calm stoic souls, and I love to capture their essence in paint.
I grew up making art, loving animals, thinking a lot, and exploring nature. So now that’s what I do as a grown-up too. It’s the bees knees.
It’s where I feel most like myself, most centered and inspired. It’s where I see beauty in the world, so I chase it.
In 2015, I began working as an artist full time, after nearly 8 years in the natural pet industry.
It has been a wonderful journey and I can’t believe I actually took the leap before I was thirty! (fist pump)
I’ve already learned and grown so much in my experiences and skills in this short time, I am so excited for what the future holds!
The other part of my life is writing.
Ever since I was little, I’ve been very introspective and an observer. I’m very in tune with my own emotions and thoughts, and for some reason mentally catalogue everyone else’s experiences around me.
In my 20’s I learned that reality is not really… real. The way we perceive our lives, events, ourselves, and others is not some solid thing. There is no TRUTH to it. Each experience is created and manipulated by our own points of view.
This realization totally changed my life.
For as long as I could remember, I had experienced a lot of anxiety, depression, intense self-judgement and shame. I was constantly worried about being inadequate, and I thought everyone else probably thought the same thing about me. I was terrified of the world.
But then I began to learn that most of us feel this way to some degree. And also that every act of hatred or spite, comes from a deep inner pain, shame, or judgement of oneself.
Knowing that I was not alone, and that I could change the way I thought about and experienced things, to create a different reality, it was like I entered a whole new world of possibility!
Ever since, I’ve been obsessed with challenging and discovering ways to change my own reality, thoughts, and emotions, so I can live a happier, more fulfilled life!
And this is what I write about. The tools I find to bring more joy, happiness, and love into my life. How I see things with a more positive outlook. How I create lasting change. How I chase my dreams.
I see my art as little tidbits of this too. Celebrations of connection, joy, hope, wonder, and the magic and presence I find in everything.