1. In Flux 

    22 x 23 inches

    On sale for $150 on my Etsy

     
  2. I am relocating and as a result I am having a moving sale! This painting which was done in Borghetto, Italy is only $100 and is available on my Etsy. 

     
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  5. I know I’ve been gone for awhile but I’m coming back in 2014 with a lot of new and exciting things. I’m redesigning my website and this is the first draft of the logo that I have come up with. I’m also working on my store front to more prints and jewelry for sale. Can’t wait until you all see the painting I’ve been working on. I’m almost finished.

     
  6. Happy Halloween!

     
  7. So I’ve been working like a mad woman because I just got a promotion at my job. However, I’m still plugging away slowly but surely on this piece, so I figured I’d give you guys a little sneak peak of my Mother of Dragons piece. It’s not nearly finished, but it’s getting there. This is just a close up of her face, rest assured, all 3 babies are present in the entire composition, but I will wait until the final unveiling to show you.

     
  8. Completely irrelevant to art or music, but I adopted a new cat.

     

  9. Finally hit that high note!

     

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  11. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” — Einstein

     

  12. Heading off to Brooklyn this weekend to attend the Hello Etsy conference with my good friend who also happens to be named Leanne. Hopefully we will learn some really great stuff to help us with our shops and meet some awesome people! Yay Etsy.

     

  13. A few words of inspiration.

    I wanted to take a moment to talk to my followers and give you a little life advice, especially for the aspiring artist or musicians. To give you a bit of background, I’m 25 years old. I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2011, with a concentration in painting from NHIA. But really, I’ve been making art since I was about 5 years old. I knew at a very young age, that this is what I wanted to do. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be fine art, music, or other performance art, as I have spent my life doing things across the spectrum from acting,  to dance, to many failed attempts at learning instruments, and I even have spent time working as a photographer and graphic designer. But I’ve always known that my life has been about creativity and wanting to share that gift with others. 

    I have been around the block a bit. I’ve performed in plays, given public speeches, done street shows, and shown in galleries. I’ve been selling artwork for the past 4 years and am now in the process of starting my own business. I am currently working on my business plan and am attending an Etsy conference in NY next weekend.

    Now that you know a little bit more about me, I’d like to offer you some advice from the school of experience. Never let anyone put any limitations on you. Never give up on yourself. Always believe in your dream. And never let anyone put you into a box. Use people’s doubts as the fire that lights your passion. I am an example of a working artist that survives off of doing this. I pay my rent, I pay for my car,  I am self sufficient, and I do it all with my creativity. 

    When you are an artist or musician, people will always want to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. You can weigh their advice, as some of it may be good, but at the end of the day it is you that has to live with your life decisions. Anything you want in life, you can have if you work hard and are creative enough. Being an artist takes persistence and being okay with failure. You have to create a lot of awful art before you make a masterpiece, just as you have to learn to crawl before you can walk. 

    There will always be people that want you to fail because they are jealous of your talent and your drive. They want what they feel they can’t have, so they will try to bring you down with them. Don’t let them. I’ve had so many people laugh in my face when I told them that I am an artist. I remember in high school where everyone was planning for their careers and most people thought I could never do this. I remember one particular girl laughing at me and saying something along the lines of ‘Art, who does that? You’re never going to be able to make a living doing that, what kind of job is that? What a joke!’ Well now that girl is making a measly wage wiping people’s asses (literally) and I am living the dream. I have already achieved so much in my life, possibly more than most could hope for, and anything more is icing on the cake. I had an ex-boyfriend who once told me that I was ‘the worst singer in the world’ before I started practicing. Well that sparked me to want to be better, just to prove him wrong. And look at me now! I have people constantly complimenting me on my singing and wanting to hear more. The first recording the I released, I was approached by a band and asked to join. I couldn’t believe it. I found a hidden talent that I have, and now I am in the process of writing my own music, and learning piano, guitar, and ukelele.  

    Even in art school I was told, ‘You can’t do art and music, you need to pick one.’ ‘You can’t paint landscapes and portraits, pick your niche and stick with it.’ ‘You shouldn’t be doing art for money, you can’t expect to make money being an artist.’ Well shame on you! Don’t ever put the limitations that you put on yourself, onto me. Maybe you can’t earn a living being an artist, but I can. Maybe you can’t make paintings and music, but I can. 

    Try to surround yourself with people that will enhance your life and uplift you. I am lucky enough to have a family that believes in me and supports me. I have great friends that encourage me to keep going. At times, all artists will say, ‘Is all of this struggle worth it? Being poor? Spending all of my time on this? The loss of sleep? And even blood…’ You have to believe that you will overcome and failure simply is not an option for you. Push yourself to live up to your full potential. There are people out there that love you and believe in you. It’s up to you to believe in you too.

    Use your pain as a means to an end. All that struggle, creates great art. I could tell you some stories about my life, depression, suicide attempts, substance abuse, etc. At one point, I didn’t even think I wanted to live or could. But art got me through it all and it always has. Let art itself be your muse, when you are down, think about all that you have to give to the world, even if all that’s left is your story. 

    At the end of the day, you either know you are an artist or you are not. Because when you are an artist, you don’t just create art, you are art. If you want this, you can have it. Just remember, don’t let anyone pull you down, including yourself. See the world as you want it to be, and make it happen. Don’t let anyone tell you how to be you. And that’s the best piece of advice I think any artist could have.

     

  14. Covering Skinny Love by Bon Iver (one of my favorite songs of all time).

     

  15. Figured that it’s time to share some of my recordings with you guys! This is me covering Elvis’ I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.