Follow Your Heart
Many of you know I only began painting less than three years ago. The more I share my art the more I'm asked "how" did I get started painting and more importantly "why"? I'll answer the why question first. My husband and I are lifetime art lovers, especially of Native American art. I could do another blog just on that subject. But my love of art also extends to paintings and the talented artists who create them.
For all of my adult life I was a wife, mother, career minded professional who never thought my two hands were capable of anything other than creating a loving home for my family and juggling a professional life. It wasn't until I was downsized from corporate America that I struggled to find myself. I no longer had a career to define me. My children were grown and successful in their own careers. I knew starting over in a new job at this stage in my life was not what I wanted. I wanted more ....something that would make my soul happy. That's the answer to the "WHY" question. I needed something that would fill my heart and soul with joy.
Being idle isn't in my blood. I had to decide on a new path going forward. Having the luxury of time helped me truly look inside to realize what made me happy. I'd been holding a little secret in my heart each time I enjoyed viewing a painting. There was a little voice telling me "you can do this". I kept pushing this voice down because surely this couldn't be true....I couldn't even draw a straight line. So, the "HOW" question was answered by acknowledging that inner voice and making the decision to trust what it was saying. I asked Santa for a paint set that Christmas and looked at it for several months before gathering the courage to actually put paint to canvas. It was then I realized what a beautiful gift I had been given.
Discovering this passion has been a blessing. Not only have I found my artistic style, but I've met so many wonderful, giving artist friends and mentors along the way. I'm continuing to grow as an artist and push new boundaries for my art. Last month I began teaching an abstract painting class at Old Hyde Park Art Center. All part of expanding my wings and getting outside my comfort zone. In this short new career I am extremely fortunate to be represented by Woodfield Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL and Clayton Gray Home in Tampa. Thank you Jim and Wendy for believing in me.
It is my hope my art will bring beauty and joy to our world. And, to also be a reminder that it's NEVER to late to follow your heart. I was 55 when I began painting. Every day I spend in my small studio is a true blessing and a way to allow my soul to sing.
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement friends. It means the world to me. For those collectors of my art, please know a little piece of my soul is part of each painting. I paint the colors of my soul.
Blessings my friends, your artist Mary