I believe 100% that there are no rules and that there isn't one path to success, whatever your definition of that is. Don't believe it if someone tells you otherwise. I've always done things in an unorthodox way and it has always served me well. Taking chances and putting yourself out there is fun and will lead to a life filled with adventure.
Or, at least, some interesting stories to tell.
I am blessed to have a fantastically supportive and really fun husband, JP, who might roll his eyes in a "here we go again" way when I tell him I have a new idea, but has never once failed to encourage me & do whatever it takes to make it happen, no matter what.
Speaking of blessings, my daughter Sherilyn is always there cheering me on...while explaining to her boyfriend Kevin that things can sometimes get a little interesting in our house with all that we have going on at any minute. (I'm pleased to say that he fits in quite nicely & rolls with it all quite well.) The four of us spend tons of time together where you will usually find us laughing hysterically at something one of us said or did; being there for each other through thick and thin; and defining the real meaning of the word family.
A little bit about my personal background:
I was born in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey, which is just across the river from New York City. My parents divorced when I was just about 5 years old and shortly thereafter my father moved to North Carolina. When I wasn't being a city kid, I was spending holidays and summers in the very tiny town of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina so I had a whole lot of influences most of which conflicted with each other. As an adult, I lived at the Jersey Shore for many years but then life got in the way and we roamed around living in various places - most of them not great with the exception of the Eastern Shore - from 2009-2020. I consider the Jersey Shore to be my home so it was a great relief to finally move back there in July 2020.
All of these places have defined me, obviously in vastly different ways. Surprisingly, it is my time spent in North Carolina that seems the most impactful & it comes through very often in my artwork.
This is the space where I'm supposed to tell you stuff about my life's accomplishments and try to impress you with a list of things like my education, names of places I've worked, grade point average from decades ago, etc.
In other words, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Nope, not my style. This is not LinkedIn.
See, I always want to know the real stuff about people...the stuff that makes them tick. So that's what I'll give you here.
I am completely and utterly driven by creativity. At any given time I am working on one of probably three or five or ten (or more) endeavors I have going on. In my lifetime so far I have been or still am: a florist, an editor, a cupcake business owner, a writer, a designer, a webmaster, an artist.
I was not one of those people who knew what they wanted to be when they were in high school. Unless you have some kind of mad passion for something, I still can't imagine a life where you decide on one thing when you're still trying to figure out who you are.
You can read more about my philosophy regarding my artwork by clicking HERE.