Working for myself has been a dream my entire life. It wasn’t until life as I knew it ended that I finally found myself presented with the ability to live this dream. I was laid off from my job which I’d always foolishly believed to be secure, my marriage ended after nearly a decade of abuse, my children and I lost our home unexpectedly three days before Christmas because of the divorce, leaving us homeless for the holiday. Life as I knew it had been devastated. I was free.
I had nothing to hold me back, nothing to lose, everything to gain, and enough audacity to make it soar. There are a lot of things I love doing, and had been for several years as a paid hobbyist. A lot of people believe it’s impossible to maintain superior quality work when you have many different focuses of your company, but I’ve been proving judgements wrong all my life, why stop now?
A love of literature lead me to become a novelist, with six published books currently and two more this year. This led me to an editorial career, speaking at conferences, literary coaching, and editing for several publishing houses. It was this that opened up the possibility for me to incorporate my art into the work I loved doing. During a stint as editor under one publishing house, I met a graphic designer Kristy Charbonneau, who was so inspiring and helpful in educating me that I now do graphic design as well. Most of my graphics are not just custom designed but integrate my paintings. Now I even paint the backdrops for my photo shoots. It was also my career in the literary field that brought me to photography. Our graphic designer wanted specific model images that were proving impossible to find, as I had always been a hobbyist with the camera I decided to give model photography a try. Of course I fell in love. I got to dress up real life Barbie dolls and set fantastic scenes. When I left the literary industry I ventured into wedding photography, which followed nine months later with infant photography. I love baby sessions, they are so magical! Through all of this I am a compulsive artist. I can’t quit painting no matter what life throws at me. Any opportunity I can get, I love painting murals indoors or out. There are canvases stacked throughout my home.
So really, it was life that lead me to Unhindered Arts. It is my life, it always has been. Now I just have the freedom to leave behind everything that was holding me back. I will never stop fighting to succeed, fighting for my dreams. More than anything else I have to do this for my children. They need to see that you can have dreams, and that those dreams can become a reality with a beautiful combination of will, character, and passion. I need them to believe that their dreams can come true.