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 not very supportive of this passion, so it always felt like I was doing something wrong.
This made me feel too scared to ask for paint, drawing paper, or anything close to creative even as a birthday gift. That meant I drew mostly on old cereal boxes that got thrown out and looked forward to the new year so I could get my biggest “canvas” — last year’s calendar!
I went to the Dominican Convent School in Bulawayo from Grade 1 through to U6 where my art journey started.
My best memory was when I took one of my calendar paintings of Michelangelo, the Ninja Turtle to school and showed my new Grade 6 teacher. She asked a few times if I had traced it, and I had not. It’s the first time someone told me I had a talent for drawing and she stuck it up on the wall.
At the time I wasn’t doing art in school, I was learning needlework. This teacher arranged for me to switch to art which was a much smaller class and I was really pleased.
In high school I did O’ and A’ Level Art as a subject. I struggled a bit in A-Level because my dad had been upset I was doing Arts and not Sciences prior to starting University. It also made me scared to ask for the materials I needed to do some of the portfolio projects, and my teachers perceived it as a lack of interest in the subject. My results were not that great.
I then attended the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. There I started off doing a BA Degree with Fine Art in the first semester. Again, another argument with my dad made me change my degree to a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree, majoring in Media, Cultural Studies and Marketing.
That is when I fell in love with writing and was inspired to start blogging. This made me forget about art temporarily and I ended up pursuing a Digital Marketing career which still allowed me to be creative in a different way. Throughout the years, I taught myself how to build websites, do SEO and all the things that one needs when starting a business online.
I moved to Australia in 2015 to do a Masters in Professional Communication Degree.
I later met 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.
It had been nearly 10 years since I last picked up a paint brush. 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 started with a variety of acrylic paintings, furniture artwork, painting my husband’s DIY musical instruments, and we sold a few of these items while I was still doing Digital Marketing work.
During the 2020 pandemic, staying at home has meant I am creating more artwork and exploring new ways of monetizing my passion. The journey is still ongoing and I want to continue gifting people with my special gift, art.