The Heart behind the Art

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                                                                                           Hello!

Hi, thanks for stopping by.  I hope that you can find here content that inspires you to take the next right step in the direction of your best creative life.

I am an Afro-Caribbean islander learning to live life in the Midwest for the past 15 years. I am also a full time grad student, a wife and also a mother of two. They are both teeangers.  Yep, you read that right.  I am realizing that I am getting several layers of gray hair… and  think I know where they come from. Ha! This would be a good time to also say that I am also a believer, a woman who is in constant need of receiving  God’s grace, love  and mercy for everyday life. Among all of these precious roles and parts of who I am, I am also a maker; a self-taught mixed media artist.

I absolutely love playing with colors and multiple mediums to create layers and layers of texture on any surface I can get my hands on, but that did not happen overnight. Being born and raised in the Dominican Republic added a great layer of passion for color, visual and expressive art and all sorts of creativity.  However, growing in a small town with limited opportunities,  I had to  depend on a great deal of imagination to be able to express myself creatively. Once I discovered how to do that, creativity became a natural practice.

When I discovered Mixed Media, as an adult,  a whole new world of possibilities opened up right in front of me! I can say that along with faith and a few friends; art was able to keep me sane during a very stressful season while adjusting to a new culture. With each layer of paint I started rediscovering myself all over again. You see, creativity plays an utterly important role in our entire well-being. When we become intentional about exploring our creative process,  we can actually develop a deeper sense of awareness. 

Reason why, one of the joys of my heart is to provide a space where people can gather and enjoy a sacred time of connection, as they embark in the adventure of exploring their personal creative process.I do this by facilitating creative play groups at various events, retreats and women gatherings. I love when people share with  me that my work and my creative play groups has inspired them to reconnect with their creative heart. I am so grateful that I get to play a small part in their healing and their creative journey.

I have had the opportunity to feature my work in several magazines and I am also a maker for Tim Holtz brands and every once in awhile I get to teach in different online platforms as well. Thank you so much for being here and for all your support.

Jannette Simmons