It is a privilege to have the opportunity to pursue two of my lifelong passions; counseling children and creating art. One has influenced the other.
My experience as a therapist has been to help children and families heal by addressing challenges verbally. Since words may not completely reflect an inner voice, for me creating visual art gives expression to what is in the mind, heart and soul. In my artwork, I utilize colored pencil and other mixed media to depict detailed renderings of women, nature and architecture set in real and imaginary settings.
The influence… is a cherished lesson learned from working with children; embrace your inner child – laugh, play and COLOR every day.
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
– Edward Hopper
Art is an expression of the depth of my feelings and observations. Inspiration is everywhere!
My influence for the arts was my mother who was an artist and musician. I recall coming home after school and the familiar smell of turpentine and oil paints.
Growing up around art I was inspired to go to college and was an Arts major and received my BFA in Fine Arts at the University of California. I went on to make a life career out of visual arts as a graphic designer for a variety of companies and am currently a business owner at Rosepapa Creative where we specialize in web design and promotional marketing.
My goal in my art is to express the seemingly common in a unique way. Subtle movements of light, vibrant or subdued colors, and the curiosity of the places and things around me. I continue to be challenged by trying to capture peoples likeness, and seek to find that uniqueness that is within all people. I enjoy working in colored pencils, pastels and graphite.
“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”
– Vincent van Gogh
Life changing events can take us to a very special place where time doesn’t exist. The only reality that we are aware of is the beautiful presence of our own soul.
I was born and raised in Croatia, came to the United States in 1999, and moved with my husband to Arizona in 2003 where we live with our two wonderful boys.
My love for art was established back when I was just a little girl who spent countless hours drawing and coloring. Now, as an adult I know that art is my voice beyond the words, a voice that communicates feelings and tells my story.
At one point of my life art was my therapy after the loss of our daughter in 2003. Painting and drawing helped me to enter the world where I could just be. The world where the pain was real but did not hurt as much, a world where sadness magically transformed into something special, personal, and beautiful. At that time the avalanche of creativity was rushing like a wild river from the depth of my soul.
Since then, my art and I have a very unique and secret relationship. I knew that I needed art as much as food and water to survive. It was then I decided to better myself and sign up for a drawing class at Mesa Art Center, where I met the most amazing teacher and a wonderful group of students who share the same passion.
“To be an artist is to believe in life.”
– Henry Moore
Through the medium of colored pencils and pastels, I seek to use color, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image and evoke emotion. I also explore the range of possibilities allowed through different methods of application. It is also a way for me to develop my own unique artistic voice. Most importantly, the work has to resonate with me. Art is an extension of my soul. Creating takes me on a pleasurable journey linking imagination and reality into one. The ideas are often so insistent inside me that I must create or explode. Scholastically, I am drawn to Impressionism, and Expressionism.
I am a self-taught artist who began creating still-life paintings using oils on canvas, which I refer to as my “regular” art. I eventually tried my hand at acrylic on wood, developing my own style of “folk” art, which has resulted in my most recent work as the illustrator of a series of children’s books.
My style of folk art painting stems from frequent visits to the pueblos in various regions of Mexico, Central and South America. I interpret the simplicity of lifestyle and living, and combine that with the pure and vibrant colors found in the agricultural regions far away from the bustle of the large cities. I have found that these visual experiences, along with the warm and gentle demeanor of the people, offer abundant resources for creativity.
I enjoy being active in the arts community. I have served as chairman of the Mesa Arts Center Foundation, as president of Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA), and am currently the chairman of the Dia de los Muertos Celebration at the Mesa Arts Center. I am honored to be a past recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women Award for Creative Arts for my work in promoting women artists throughout the years.
“imagination is more important than knowledge.”