I believe that art is a trail of our existence. Creation flows out of me instantly from my heart space. When painting, I sometimes leave myself and become one with the art piece. I learn through the freedom of self-expression. I am native to Jacksonville, Florida, and so are the two generations before me. I have watched Jacksonville grow from a relatively quiet city into a desired destination to live and visit. I attribute this to the city’s commitment to art and culture and am proud to call it home for myself, husband, and two children.
I began my career creating brightly colored, detailed drawings using sharpies and pens. The next medium I incorporated into my work was chalk. It allowed me to express myself creatively on streets and a variety of outdoor surfaces for clients that were interested in temporary celebrations using art. Knowing that my work may only last until the first rain permitted me to begin my inward journey of being liberated from attachments to objects on the material plane. As I dove a little deeper, I discovered my appreciation for the meditative ways of the Tibetan sand mandalas and began including mandalas regularly in my work. I attribute my early success to participating in the local Downtown Artwalk events where I was able to sell my paintings, drawings and create on a larger scale as a chalk muralist.
My next artistic adventure took me on the road performing transformational art for a variety of events. In 2016, the opportunity to body paint with Nora Morals of Kreaturez presented itself, and I took it. I traveled throughout the United States as far as Hawaii, body painting for festival performers and private clients. I also had the opportunity to teach my trade and help with big event planning. I also met a very special artist during my travels who would change my life forever! His name is Ian Cleary, and we are now married and have a child of our own.
In 2017, I co-founded Heartspace432 with my husband. We created the company so that we could teach art, practice art, and produce art-centric events. We added painted murals to our repertoire, and some of our clients include Winn Dixie, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Gator Bowl, Downtown Vision – Art Walk, Riverside Arts Market, Suwannee Hulaween Festival, Purple Hatter Ball, Earth Dance, and Southlight Gallery. In 2019, I became certified as a Therapeutic Art Life Coach and incorporated teaching art as a form of healing. I love people, and especially holding space for them to heal past wounds so that they can become the best versions of themselves. I also enjoy helping my community be its best, and believe volunteering my talents is an important part of connecting to my community. Being a part of positive change inspires me to be a better person, and I constantly strive to evolve.
In 2020, we re-branded and changed our name to Heartspace Art to exclusively work on large-scale temporary and permanent murals. I love creating art for a living with my husband, no matter the medium. Our art always comes with a message. My hope continues to be that we can reach other people’s hearts through our art. I look forward to meeting you and discussing how we can transform your space into something magnificent!