I used to love art as a child. I’d spend hours drawing and painting with limited resources in my hometown, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
My family was unsupportive of this hobby so it always felt like I was doing something wrong. I was too scared to ask for paint, drawing paper, or anything close to creative even as a birthday gift. That meant I drew on old cereal boxes and looked forward to the new year just so I could get my biggest “canvas”, last year’s calendar!
Fast forward to meeting my husband who’s had a similar childhood experience, but with music.
On my 31st birthday he bought me my first easel, some acrylic paints, brushes, everything the younger me would have wished for.
As I did my first painting, the Dumbo Magic Feather, my hands were shaking so much. I had all sorts of negative memories flooding in, but also this sense of a new found freedom! I didn’t want it to go away, I wanted to explore these feelings and my childhood passion further.
I’ve done some basic acrylic paintings, furniture artwork, painting my husband’s DIY musical instruments, and we’ve sold a few of these items. I want to continue gifting people with my special gift, art.