I came home to a place I'd never been before over 20 years ago when I moved to Colorado. I live in Littleton raising a son and a daughter, working on attaining my BA in Communication Design while working as a graphic designer and hoping to become a self-employed artist one day, and of course, fitting in creativity as much as possible. Phew!
It's a busy life, but nature and places in Colorado give me the joy and peace that I need. There is nothing like hiking a beautiful trail and admiring creation for a moment in the quiet, or even setting a picnic in one of Denver's lively parks. Feeling the sunshine on my face and breathing the mountain air is my happy place.
I wasn't always a nature girl. I grew up outside Philadelphia. Very pretty, but not the same as a mountain environment. Sometimes I would look off in the distance and pretend the clouds on the horizon were mountains.
I would ride my bike and play outside, but then I went on a week long camping trip with my youth group in high school to the Adirondack mountains - during black fly season. I hated that trip! We slept on the ground out in the open, sometimes by ourselves, and we hiked up mountains and down them. No showers for a week! I remember clouds of black flies buzzing around my head and spiders everywhere. Not my cup of tea at the time. I remember sticks and leaves falling off of me in the shower when I got home.
But then, I moved to Colorado. I finally got to see those mountains that I fantasized about when I was young. I was really drawn to be on those mountains - twirling around like Julie Andrews from the Sound of Music. That meant hiking and backpacking. Before I knew it I had logged over ten fourteeners!
In this age of screens, I hope to also inspire my children to be lovers of the outdoors. As a result it is our goal to go to as many National Parks as we can before they graduate from high school. At this point, that is only a few years away. We have been to 17 so far and I am always thinking about our next adventure. The National Parks are next level nature. I especially love waking up for sunrise in these amazing places. I love to take photos while there when I can't always be sketching or painting.
Nature is my happy place. I am calmed by it, centered by it, relieved by it. There is so much to see out there and so much to be inspired by or awed by! I am especially inspired by Colorado scenery, wildflowers, skies, hills, mountains, birds and landmarks. By the long tradition of travel posters I hope to bring the beauty that I see to life through my artwork.
Thank you. I am grateful that you have taken the time to visit my site and learn more about me. How can I be of service to you? At the least, let me send you free stuff! Occasionally I send out an email with free wallpapers and coloring pages among other things. I hope you'll join me for celebrating the beauty that is Colorado! Click here to become a member of my site.
I hiked into the Grand Canyon when I was 27. It was a challenge and a blessing.