Welcome to the BAIA FamilyStacey, ... Enjoy the Diverse Journey of Creativity, Connection, Culture, Events, Information, Insight, News, Network, Opportunities and Resources .... Thank you so very much for the kind compliments. Love, LOVE your wonderful vibrant paintings! ...... Abundant Blessings!
You could consider me a simple folk artist. My love of art began at a very early age, and as I child I always hoped I would become an artist ... what else could I be? However, that was not the path I took, and pen and brush were put away for almost 50 years.
I recently began to create again about a month ago. I'm not sure why I decided to do that first sketch, and then experiment a bit with markers and other medium. But one morning, I just started - my mind, body and soul were full of turmoil, stress and desperation. The way some folks doodle mindlessly, I began to draw and paint in the same way - as therapy.
When people began to show an interest in my artwork and were willing to pay for it, only then did I remember my true calling, going back to my earliest roots - My grandfather used to paint the squares of our concrete patio of our old house back in Queens. He painted it like a checkerboard, and I was allowed one square to do as I pleased ... I had forgotten that annual ritual.
So, like dance, I lose myself in the joy my art has come to bring to some people. I love COLOR; love nature, and I often paint myself into garden settings that resemble my own private space at home. My art is bright and cheerful, but often the subject within will be dark and brooding. I guess I just paint life as I know it now.
Very soon, I will be 61. It's never too late to recreate your dream.
Note: To clarify any confusion, some of my first drawings and paintings are signed 'Anastasia.' .However, now I merely sign with my initials (SMT).