Mystic Indigo Cards & Prints
Welcome to my newest flirt – painting!
I started painting a couple of years ago as a way to cope with the grief of losing both of my parents and my mother-in-law. I took a lot of walks around my neighborhood and was inspired by what I felt at the time and my observations of life going on around me, mainly the flora and fauna that surrounds my home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in Virginia.
I just dove in, and I’m not really trained other than some art classes I took in Junior High. I chose Indigo watercolors and gel pens as my medium and just explored what would happen if I limited my palette in this way as I processed the grief of losing so many family members so close together. I was looking for the light and life that enlivens all living beings. Life is so precious.
How it started
After experiencing the loss of both parents to cancer in 2021, and my mother-in-law in 2020, I was overwhelmed with grief. I turned to 2D art as a form of self-expression and healing.
Using the soothing color of Indigo and repeating dots and circles, I explored my feelings and contemplated the life force energy in every living thing that my eyes landed on in my neighborhood.
Through this process, I found a way to meditate and cope with my anxiety about life and death. It’s been quite the journey, but I’m so grateful for the healing power of art and the support of my loved ones and dear friends.
My talented friend Terah Cox convinced me to turn my little Indigo creations into a card line, and she scooped them all up on a visit and returned to her home in Staunton, Virginia. While there, she worked her magic and turned them into cards and prints by setting them up on her computer using Photoshop.
And my flirt of watercoloring has now turned into a creative commitment. And I couldn’t be happier.
A neighbor gave me some Dahlia’s to plant and the butterflies love them! The support from my neighborhood was a real lifeline as I was processing my grief.
I have a neighbor with a plastic pink Flamingo in his yard that I pass by on my evening walk. I decided to straighten him up and imagine him fishing in water instead of on dry land.
I have so many deer in my yard all year ’round! But summers are special because my backyard usually hosts 2 or 3 fawns every summer. I never tire of watching them.
I usually have a mother rabbit make a nest in my garden every year. I love watching them play with the squirrels under the bird feeder. I also have a lot of crows that go after the bunny babies so I’m on constant watch to make sure they make it to young adulthood!
Tree of Life
My neighbor across the street from me has a huge Sugar Maple in her yard. I love looking at this old tree from my front porch. After a hysterectomy a few years ago, I derived much solace in gazing at this old tree when I went outside happy to be alive.
I’m always trying to understand what is in my heart. When my parents died so close together, my heart felt broken. I was expressing how to fill in the broken parts of my heart with the memories of our time together over the course of my life.
Where to Find Them!
I currently have two locations available for retail in Virginia. My cards are printed on a rough, watercolor paper-feeling card stock. I take my paintings and turn them into a print file and have them printed locally.
I’m about to do another printing and will have them available on my website soon. Sign up for my newsletter to find out when they are available or follow me on Facebook or Instagram.
Words Matter Gift Shop
Downtown Staunton, Virginia (Jewelry & Cards)
902 13th Street St SW, Roanoke, Virginia