I’ve learned to live with a HUGE VOID as a part of my identity for over a decade. For those of you who didn’t know me in my 20s, I was an ARTIST AND PROUD OF IT!; a singer-songwriter and a painter! Heck, I was on the Joni Mitchell path, and not a bad path to be on, right???!! At 21, I recorded my first album and ALSO gave birth to my one and only son and treasure, Jacob Lea. I returned to college a few years later and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelors’s Degree in Fine Art At 25. My paintings had matured by this time into abstract mental landscapes that attempted to balance chaos.

Almost two decades later, I am exploring failure, faith, trauma and forgiveness. I have come to see myself as a piece of pottery. I am covered in patterns, design, clothing, wrinkles and make up… but what gives me structure is the void inside. I’ve decided during this journey to admit humbly that being a survivor of trauma is something to celebrate. Life isn’t easy. Are you still alive?? Well cheers to us!! Let’s celebrate another day with on earth! Go fill your vessel!