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When my creative friend Maurice Hunter asked me to create a sculpture with him for the Underwater Museum of Art, I jumped at the challenge without really even thinking about it. Maurice has an organization and a movement that is all about SELF LOVE. As a confident woman I know how important that can be, especially in the world we live in today, so I appreciate the passion he has for sharing the message. We quickly created the concept of a woman standing in a confident pose in front of a mirror with the words LOVE THYSELF across the top. When viewing our sculpture from the front, YOU are her reflection in the mirror.
Being accepted as one of the UMA artists (in year #2 of existence) was an honor. The process of figuring out how we would create our sculpture was quite an experience that continually pushed me way outside of my comfort zone.
When I moved here in 2012, I was lucky to hop right in with the Artists at Gulf Place - it was a great experience to learn about and connect with the character of living in this unique area of Northwest Florida. I knew that even though I'd be living in Destin, 30a would be a very important place for me and my art. I love connecting with people, and so that was what I did. I learned a lot about selling and the art of building relationships. Many of those relationships are still in force and have grown beyond belief. Its...
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Hurricane Michael has changed the landscape and livelihoods of our neighboring cities and small towns here along Florida's Gulf Coast. Being so close to the devastation has been an eye opening experience, yet what we have witnessed with our local communities coming together in support of our neighbors has been quite amazing through something that can be so depressing. It will be a very long road, but every little step counts. All of these communities sharing what they can in the ways that they can, are a silver mist shining out from behind a dark cloud. Of course there are MANY negatives, I like to find the positive in...