Hi, I’m Whitney! I am a self taught artist who believes that creativity is for everyone. After receiving my degree in engineering and working for awhile, I found myself with some unexpected free time and decided to finally pick up a brush and try to learn to paint. With almost no previous experience, I have been blessed to see so much growth in my artistic abilities over the past few years. My greatest inspiration is nature and the beauty and energy that is so unique to the outdoors.
My paintings are created in the small pockets of free time I'm able to find while caring for my 1 year old son. Creativity has helped me to find purpose and fulfillment alongside being a mom and that happiness I feel while painting shows through in my paintings. I try to spend time each day mastering brush strokes, discovering new colors, and trying to capture the beauty and spontaneity of watercolor. Truly my greatest desire with my art is to bring more beauty and joy to people's lives and homes. Thank you so much for being here! My greatest desire is that as you spend time here, you will feel inspired to be the best version of yourself and that the beauty you see will help and inspire you to fill your life and home with more joy.
Only recently did I begin to consider that I could be a creative person. Up until that point, I nor anyone else that knew me had ever considered me to be artistic or creative in any way. I enjoyed my high school art class and found it fun but I loved math and science. So when it came time to go to college I decided to become a chemical engineer. It was hugely challenging but also incredibly rewarding! Four years later I graduated and began working as an engineer. During that time, I married my husband and his job started moving us pretty frequently. Those inconsistent moves and a downturn in the economy created a period of time where I had no work. At first I was devastated to be out of work but I realized that I could use this time to do things that I’d never had time to do while becoming and being an engineer. I, like most other women, had discovered pinterest a few years earlier and was fascinated by all the things I could create. First, I decided I wanted to learn to quilt. Not long after starting that hobby, I also began painting with watercolor. I fell in love with the process of creating something from nothing and I’ve been painting and creating ever since. I am very much still in the exploratory phase of creating, and I’m not too worried about speeding up that process. I’m realizing that the joy of creating lies in the actual creating, not just the outcomes. And this artistic practice has created so much joy and fulfillment in my everyday life.
Since beginning my creative journey, I also had a baby! He is now 18 months old and therefore my creative time has shrunk significantly compared to the early days. Despite that, I love finding little pieces of time to create during our days together.
My art is hugely inspired by my childhood and teenage years growing up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I spent countless hours outside, not realizing how truly beautiful my surroundings were. I’ve since lived in several different places, each with their own attractive features, but nothing compares to the fields of wildflowers, mountain lakes, and towering mountains of my childhood. Trying to capture some of the beauty and energy that I experience when I spend time outdoors is my aim as I create. Now I am attempting to grow my own cut flower garden from seed! Ah! Watching and caring for plants as they slowly grow and progress (and sometimes don’t) helps me appreciate patience and the miracle of small progress over time. Overall, gardening is a great reminder to me of the way I’d like to create art and also how I’d like live my life.