Wanderlust

Wanderlust

Every year I go through a period of time when I am beside myself with wanderlust. I just need to go somewhere – anywhere.  I want to be outside, exploring.  I want to hit the road and simply roam.   This desire of mine has gown more and more intense over the years as I see our family moving closer and closer to reaching our dream of traveling together.

Wanderlust was painted during a time when my feet most fervently needed to wander.

Limited edition 11×14 prints of this painting are now available, but only through my campaign, Healing Souls on the Road!

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Walls that heal the soul

Mural: St. Joseph Regional Medical Center; Oncology
Mural: St. Joseph Regional Medical Center; Oncology

“Where other medical units have a need to invest in new robotics for patient care, Oncology does not have that need.  I am investing in art on the walls that heal the soul.”

~ Amelia Taggart, Director of Oncology

Art can offer healing to the soul, a place where medicine can not reach.  It can offer encouragement and renews hope when words fail to do so.  It speaks not only to patients, but to their family members as well.  For this reason, art is a powerful resource in providing comfort and peace.

Learn how you can be a part of “Healing Souls on the Road

Taking A Jump

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If you know me, you’ll know that I have a passion for creating art, and that I dream of traveling with my family. These 2 desires have been the basis of EVERY decision that I make in life.  Over the years, I have taken baby steps, placing one foot in front of the other, trusting God as I slowly moving toward my dreams.  However, in the last year, as one art project has lead to another, those baby steps have become more like strides.

In August, I was able to use the money I’ve earned painting murals to purchase a vintage 31′ Airstream Sovereign.  It is the perfect addition to our family of 4, making it possible for me to achieve my dream of creating art from the road.  Now, I am ready to take the jump and begin to make a living at doing what I love most, creating art.

In the last year, it’s been my honor to paint murals for the Oncology unit at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN.  Never has my artwork, been more fulfilling to create, than it has been while painting for the patients on the unit.  I love seeing how the symbolism that I have prayerfully worked into the designs touch people’s hearts at the time when they most need the encouragement.

My desire is to continue doing this work, and the airstream is going to help me to be able to reach out further than I what can reach now.  However, there is some work that needs to be done before, I am ready to take my mural business on the road.  This is why I have put together a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo.com.  My goal is to raise $10,000 to help me build up my business, in preparation for hitting the road.

“What will these funds go towards?”, you may be asking. For starters, the Airstream needs some repairs, and new tires before we can take it use it.  We also need a dependable truck with the towing capabilities needed for hulling the weight of the Airstream.  These are the first priorities for the money.  If possible, I would also like to purchase some decent camera equipment, and a laser printer enabling me to photograph my artwork, and print my own fine art prints.

Not everyone is in a place to pick up and go out to use their passion in helping people who are sick or hurting. However, just because you can’t go, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of bringing healing to people who need it!

Please take a moment to check out my campaign page, and please consider making a contribution.  For your generosity, I am offering some great pieces of art for each level of investment.

 

Dare to dream BIG

897a251cd8c481659abfeed591332e97I’ve been told a time or two that my dreams are too big. The thing that people seem to forget is that my God delights in giving us the desires of our hearts!

I use to dream about working from home as an artist.  I was told that dream was too big.

I use to dream about reaching out to Tibetan villagers through my knitting. I was told that dream was too big.

Now, I dream about seeing the world with my family.  I’ve been told that dream is too big.  It is the cry of my heart to see all that God has created.  I look at my life, which has been full of  LARGE dreams coming true, and I believe that in time, this too will become a reality.