Has there ever been a topic that has crossed your path multiple times, until you finally decide to learn about it?
And, when you do, you wonder why it took 7 times to hear it before you took action? This is kind of like how my journey with NFTs started. After learning about the process and the global impact possible, I knew I had to share my art on a larger scale and NFTs were a way to do it.
You see, my art legacy is a personal one.
I shelved my creative process for years as I worked my way through corporate. Until, a tragedy woke me up.
In 2016, I lost my little brother in a car accident. He was also an artist.
I watched him thrive and take action that at the time, I only dreamed of doing. I felt stuck. I chose my profession over creation. After he passed, I knew I had to get out of the rat race. After 17 years, I left the company, but it didn't solve how I felt. Immediately, I started my own consulting and coaching business and found myself energetically depleted, again; I was hustling every day to survive.
Insert, March 13, 2020.
This was the day I received one call after the other, cancelling all of my in-person projects until further notice. The world, my world as I knew it was shutting down and I was consumed by fear. How was I going to make it through this?
Fast-forward to 2022.
The journey wasn't easy. After thoughts of ending it all (yes, it got that bad), I put my belongings in storage, lived with friends, cried a lot and realized that misery is not my destiny. I decided to start fresh, moved to Aruba for four months and after island fever kicked in, came back to the states and moved close to family in Greenville, SC. The result, I'm resilient and still here to tell about it. Not only am I here, but my art is alive again.
It took loosing it all to find myself as a creator.
Without that pain, I would have missed out on my purpose. The world is hurting deeply right now and I know because I was once there. I also know that life is beautiful if you intentionally look to find it. My desire is to use my art to foster this beauty by sharing love and kindness. Now, I have the chance to pick up where my brother left off, each brushstroke a visual intention to support all that is good.
I believe that this is not a trend, but a way to revolutionize the art industry as we know it. Now, every creator has the opportunity to share and sell without feeling restricted by procedures, requirements or deadlines of traditional art channels. I also believe that with the right intention, creators can use their art to heal the world.