"When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other."
Margaret J. Wheately
Living with intention
for maximum impact and growth.
The people that I meet, the stories that we share, and the compassion that I witness bring a great perspective to my life. I have been honored to work alongside people in various corners of the world. I am most alive when I am in the energy and presence of others as a witness to their experiences.
I have been a small business owner, managed salespeople, and national accounts. I continued to hone my business acumen as a real estate broker for 15 years. Every business I've been a part of has drawn me back to my deep love of the arts. Whether it was designing the layout for my merchandise catalog or creatively staging homes to sell- I always found a way to bring in creativity.
My interest in the arts goes back to grade school when I wrote my first poem and dreamt of being a landscape designer. Fast forward to roaming the art wing in high school, the first place I remember truly fitting in. Long days spent block printing, drawing, making jewelry, and sharing ideas with other student artists is a time I will forever treasure. At night I could be found making handmade paper in the laundry room with my mom's kitchen blender and a bucketful of dryer lint. (You wouldn't believe the gorgeous paper colors you can make after a good load of dark clothes had gone through the dryer!).
My full breadth of experience leads me to today. I have a robust coaching business working with individuals that desire to live with intention and impact. Together we uncover their goals, create their wish lists, dive into their core values, and then create practical solutions to start the path toward their own personal legacy. The arts and creativity can be a meaningful part of the process.
I have spent years cultivating my passion for art and community. I'm the founder of The Art of Connections: a purposeful and passion-filled business dedicated to using art and creativity as a bridge for people to connect with each other and deeper within themselves. The arts can provide powerful inspiration and motivation for change. My facilitated artwork is often as much about the process as the final product.
Everyone's journey gives them a unique perspective and an individual story. Part of my mission is to engage with individuals and groups to bring awareness, inspiration, and compassion to others. I have had the privilege of bringing art experiences to various populations around the world, including children in Central and South America. Travel and exploration are central to my current work. It is with a global lens that I view my many endeavors, discovering that our human stories are far more similar than different. I am fulfilled when bringing individuals together to experience self-discovery. I witness strength and resilience in the stories told. People from diverse backgrounds can find a common language that never ceases to amaze me. Creative expression can equalize the playing field, resulting in a reduction of limitations and barriers. My belief is that we are all capable of being changed through participation in the arts.
Creativity, like people, shouldn't exist in isolation.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my Master of Science in Psychology from Cal Southern University. I am a Certified Professional Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation. A combined background in arts and psychology provides me with a unique perspective as I empower others to find engagement, empathy, belonging, and hope through purposeful and intentional living. My coaching and facilitated art projects invite participants to engage in valuable conversations and bridge the unknown spaces between themselves and each other.
Whole Person Certified Coach, Certified Negotiation Expert
PCC, Professional Certified Coach
International Coach Federation
Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
Master of Science in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2021 Recipient of a City of Bellvue Art Project Grant
2019 Seattle Times Article: Here
CORE Gallery, Seattle Washington, 2019. Display of a collection of collaborative paintings produced by over 250 guests of multiple non-profits throughout the greater Seattle area.
Video about Collaboration on Canvas
Shunpike Storefronts program 2018. Three collaborative paintings with audio displayed in the Amazon Arizona Building in Seattle, Washington.
2018 recipient of a 4Culture grant for Art Projects.
All paints generously provided by Royal Talens of