I have always been interested in art and creativity, in all forms. To say I am passionate about it – might be understating it. As a child, I got to experience many forms of artistic expression, spending summers and school breaks visiting family and my Aunt Joni (who just happens to be an art teacher). It was with her help, that I dared let my creative genie out of the bottle. I dabbled in music, watercolors, sewing and needlepoint. I helped paint a mural on a bedroom wall over a weekend on summer vacation. As an adult, I created beautiful quilts and costumes as gifts and keepsakes. I recently started my own painting studio for children, allowing me to share my passion for creative expression and watch each student blossom, as they let their own creative genie out of the bottle. It is truly humbling to see a child (or an adult for that matter) realize they can create an amazing piece and take pride in that process. By doing what I love, I hope to inspire and awaken the hearts (and paint brushes) of others, paying forward the wonderful opportunity that was given to me as a child. Join me and discover your amazing artistic flare within. It is both an honor and a privilege to share PaintNite with you!