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Strong women raised me. Not just strong, but Cajun strong.

 

Cajun women are resilient.

 

We have big hearts and deep faith.

 

We hug tight.

 

We look you in the eye and ask you how you are and want a real answer.

 

We smile big.

 

We unapologetically ‘overshare.’

 

We want to know you.

I was taught this straight-forward, loving way of life from my great grandmother. She lived to be 102 but she was watching wrestling well into her 90’s while talking smack back to the T.V., then she would go to church or can some figs. I call that Balance. She taught me to listen to my “gut” which I now call ‘intuition’. Oh and she also taught me to curse in French when I was 8. So, I like to call that ‘education.’

What does this have to do with my art and my teaching?

As an artist, I paint primarily in abstract expressionism which simply means I use paint and other media to express externally what’s bubbling up in my mind, body and spirit.

 

My process begins by meditating and journaling, then I go directly to the canvas and begin painting without having any expectation or idea what the final product will be. I build layer after layer…letting go & covering some things…keeping others.

 

Always, there comes a point in the painting process where I’m so frustrated I  want to poke myself in the eye with a paintbrush.

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Thankfully, I work through this and, in the end, I’m always a little bit surprised, yet delighted, by what ends up on the canvas.

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I love being an artist, teacher, and speaker. I mean, c’mon…how lucky am I? I get to bring joy and great energy into people’s lives and homes.

 

That’s an honor!

 

Sometimes what I create and say is deep and thoughtful; but, other times it’s just straight up fun and maybe a curse word or two sneaks in.

That’s what happens when you give a Cajun girl a paintbrush. It’s a lot like watching wrestling then going to church, and I’m so down with that.

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