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My Bio
I grew up in rural Mississippi in poverty. I have always been one part dreamer, one part do-er. So I spent my childhood chasing the sun through the trees and drawing unicorns and bugs and birds with colored jewels in their foreheads. A lot of fantasy has always worked it’s way into my life. It was the place I could go and always feel safe.

I attained a bachelor’s degree in art (many studio hours in Printmaking) but by my graduation my health was failing and my life plans were detoured. I was diagnosed with an extremely rare kind of cancer, adult spinal ependymoma. The mass in my spine is inoperable. I’ve undergone radiation and sustained tremendous nerve damage and in doing so lost the ability to walk.

My art is hopeful and sad and finds itself hidden deep within the fantasy genre. It ends up more personal than I would like, such as weeds that always come back no matter how hard I prune at it. I’ve been influenced a lot by stories and fairy tales and poster lithographs, especially the 1900’s illustration and woodblock eras from Western and Eastern printing. Also, now manga and comic artists and film artists such as Miyazaki. Audrey Kawasaki’s wood treatment method appeals to me in my art and life, a need for something old and ancient, something with patina on it. Lastly, video games have made a huge influence on my life, so I am always pulled toward that RPG world, again something old but something fantastic.

In many ways I’m tremendously reclusive. I don’t think I made a conscious decision to start making art that was extremely personal but it somehow became my means of communication and conversation. Making a beautiful piece is part of my perfectionist personality, making a piece that says something personal is my way of connecting. I do that through a formula of one part reality, one part fantasy.

Favourite Visual Artist
WLOP, Camilla d'Errico, Tara Mcpherson, Audrey Kawasaki, Chiara Bautista.
Favourite Movies
Spirited Away, Alice (British version), Memoirs of a Geisha, LOTR, Labyrinth, Howl's Moving Castle, Nausicaa, Practical Magic.
Favourite TV Shows
Samurai Champloo, Star Trek, Bob Ross Joy of Painting, Claymore, Escaflowne, American Horror Story.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Enigma, Conjure One, Daft Punk, Black Mages, Yoko Kanno, Japanese composers.
Favourite Books
Fairy tales, myth, history, science.
Favourite Writers
Neil Gaiman, Stephen King.
Favourite Games
Currently playing: Final Fantasy, Zelda, Guild Wars 2.
Favourite Gaming Platform
Varied. PC, Playstation, Wii, Phone.
Tools of the Trade
http://lavonia.net/Materials_FAQ.html

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal

Spring for me has finally brought some good news, I've found some pain management that is actually working and it's not a temporary pharmaceutical fix like an opiate.  It's been sort of a tsunami of goings-on.  It's nice to feel like I can handle things now without breaking.  We are remodeling the bathroom/bedroom to make it accessible for my new rigid wheelchair.  It's be a massive undertaking and wholly time consuming.  I apologize for that.  It's a hard concept for most people to understand, I've not been able to go into my closet in the last 5 years.  The door frame is too narrow.  Little things like that take a hard toll on the psyche.  
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Making stuff! :heart:

Happy 2018!

Happy 2018!

Here's to 2018, I hope it's the best year yet!  The holidays were busy for me and I did not get too much done, except for a short painting session with my daughter.  We went to the Phoenix Art Museum and saw Frida Kahlo and Monet's work in person.  It's always so inspiring. I'm working through some color theory books then some Oil Painting technique books and Leonardo's Notebooks. I've been in a major funk artistically, mostly because I'm too physically sick to paint outdoors and just tired alot.  I'd honestly like to see if it's possible to create in spite of my limitations, to become a master colorist based on study and application. I wil
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Nerdy-pixel-girlHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the fav! if you have the time, please check out the rest of my gallery! ^_^ watches/favs/comments are very appreciated! Heart


And Merry Xmas! Holidays
phizzle30Hobbyist Photographer
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KiraiMiraiHobbyist Digital Artist
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Thank you very much for the fav.! :) 
Queen-Kitty Photographer
Thank you for the favorites!  I'm really glad you enjoyed my photography!

Your drawings are absolutely lovely :heart:
CoccineusHobbyist General Artist
Beautiful DAy by KmyGraphic Heart-and-rosa by KmyGraphic
lavoniaProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you, you too.  :nod: