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I seem to keep waiting for everything and everyone in my life to be settled before taking are of myself. Subconsciously I've imagined someone or something to miraculously start to take care of me. Well, I turned fifty this year and I finally got it. If I don't take care of myself, then one else will. The time has come to stop waiting and start doing! Wish me luck!

I've realized that if I want these healthy lifestyle changes to be lifelong changes, then they have to fit into my "real" life. It's always been easy to focus on losing weight for a period of time and then when I needed to get beck to real life, the dieting stopped and the weight came back. So this time I'm only making changes that are compatible with my everyday life and help me, to be me. So since a major part of my real identity is that of an artist, I have decided to add my Artist Statement to my Spark Page. It was written almost 10 years ago but it still speaks to who I am.


We all have something inside us that is at the core of our existence. Hopefully we are able to find a way to share this part of ourselves with others. Some write, some dance, some compose...I paint. Painting is my way to sustain and share that which I feel is the essence of my being.

I do not think of painting as elitist or grand. I think of it as simple and true, a basic element of life accessible to all humanity. For me, it is woven into my daily life, both the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Even when it was difficult to focus on painting those few years as I began a family, started a business and just tried to make room for my ever-evolving life, I continued to "paint" in my head. While volunteering in my children's classes at school, tending to the business or just driving from place to place, thoughts and images continually formed in my mind. They grew and developed until, as in childbirth, the time came to deliver them into the world.

Now as these thoughts and ideas take shape on canvas, growing in color, form and texture...I can breathe! My heart and soul fill with air as each painting reaches completion, representing that which I am compelled to express.

As I look at my paintings, which now exist apart from me, I wonder if they will ever speak to anyone else, as they speak to me. I do hope that my work will cause the viewer to pause and think if only for a moment and maybe for some, connect with that, which is at the core of their existence.

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  • v ESMERELDA1220
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    SNOWBALL FIGHT!! KEEP IT GOING! (((( Sending SKINNY Vibes! )))) :)

    3499 days ago
  • v JOPRAY
    Hi there!
    I am new to the “art for an audience of one…His name is JESUS” team. I am a christian mother of 1 daughter who is a super talented artist. I have been trying to motivate her for a while, so I built a website sponsoring a christian art contest. I am hoping this will motivate her to get serious about her work when she sees other Christians that are serious about art. I just started the site and can really use some support getting it going. If you are an artist and want to submit your artwork and enter the contest, that would be great. If you can’t participate, please pass on the link to others that may. I would even love it if you gave me some feedback or left a word of encouragement in the forum. The website is www.christianartcontest.com. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and may God Bless you!

    3833 days ago
  • v ESMERELDA1220
    Hope all is well with you....haven't heard from you in quite a while...I'm praying for you and I hope the restaurant is doing well...
    4126 days ago
  • v ZYGOPQ
    Sometimes you just have to maintain. I still say, with what you've done that you should have more energy and stamina to deal with what life is throwing out. Take that and keep it close until the situation allows you to re-focus. Best wishes, I'm thinking of you, Becky
    4345 days ago
  • v ZYGOPQ
    Just wanted to check in and see how things are going for you. I'm back - I have to get it together in at least some areas. Hope all is well.
    4346 days ago
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