Behind the Artist
Hello and welcome! I am Liz. I am a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I am an x-ray and mammography technologist. I am an artist and a runner. I am a recovering perfectionist, learning to accept the new me following a head injury which lead into depression and anxiety. Learning to not only live with, but thrive with an invisible injury/illness has been the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome so far in my life. And it has taken it’s toll on my family and friends. Yet, through this experience, I have been given many amazing gifts!
I began my artistic and self exploring journey with “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown's online art journaling course, and learned that I love to create and play with colour. I was introduced to Kelly Rae Roberts' online course “Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras” and learned to play and experiment, and appreciate the happy accidents. It’s amazing to be in a space where there are no mistakes. I followed Kelly Rae through the Wear Your Joy Project, where I was introduced to Jane Davenport. Through Jane’s online workshops, I learned how to “trust the mess, forget the rules and just do your best”. I learned that I can do whatever I set my mind to if I just believe I can and put self criticism and perfectionism aside. Along the way, I have been introduced to and met many other artists that have touched my heart and my life in one way or another, including, but not limited to Donna Downey, Annie Hamman, Tamera Laporte, and Heidi Easley. All of these ladies have inspired me, and helped to bring something out of me that I have never imagined even existed. And, through art, I have found peace, and play. I can work through emotions and thoughts and even experiences of fear, and learn and practice coping strategies that I can then apply to real life. Or I can play and relax and have fun…an active form of meditation, if you will. Art has been a saviour for me.