Art Saves • by Alexis Garrett
Creativity in my Life
Art has always played a huge role in my life. I come from a family of creative people. Growing up, I thought that if you needed something, well then it must be made. My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother made my clothes. My aunt was a fine artist and I always saw my parents painting or re-making something. This theme of creativity has followed me through my life, and although it has changed in form, it seems to grow with every season that I am in. As a young girl my grandmother taught me to sew, my aunt inspired me to paint, and my parents always encouraged my desire to create. Now as a wife and mother of two boys, I am constantly inspired and encouraged by my little family. I want to use my creativity to enrich our lives together. When my son was born my husband built me an Art Barn (fernandfeather.com/2010/11/art- barn-clean-up-post-script.html). It is 10’ x 15’ space filled with paint, fabric, glue guns, pens, stamps, scissors, felt, ribbon, paper ... gosh I guess anything one would need to create something.
Telling my Story
Art is and always will be a part of my life. Right now, when I think of Art in my life it is a tool in my pocket that I use to be a mommy. I think of building monster truck rallies in the yard and making crowns for dress up. If I look into the future — a time when my sons won’t want me to make costumes for them — I think of Art as an outlet for myself. I have a dream of one day having a gallery opening of my paintings. I think when I look back on my life I will always be so grateful for Art, as it has helped me tell my story.
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