Art, Letters

When Anthony Hopkins is the Guest Speaker…

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Yes, I do believe it will be a night to remember!

If you are me, you R.S.V.P immediately adding a plus one, buy a new dress and make plans to attend. So incredible to be invited; it feels like a lifetime ago that I graduated from Baron Brown Studio in Santa Monica California. It was summer-time about 12 years ago now and Christian Bale was the guest speaker, it was so inspirational.

Then life happens and you don’t get to work on your acting career with the exception of a few Reality Shows in LA and DK and the filming of the Birth of my Son Winston for the OWN Network in 2009… I think the most powerful realization I have had since that graduation day, is that I am an Artist. To think I didn’t know that even while attending acting school? I was under the impression that to be an Artist one had to be able to draw… what a limiting thought, but it had been told to me by others when my drawings were different and less detailed than theirs and I made the mistake as a child to believe them. It really wasn’t until I was selling Fine Art for Martin Lawrence Galleries and actually a bit after I had quit the South Coast Plaza location to return home to Canada that I realized it… There were so many days of people asking, are you an Artist? As I toured them around the beautiful gallery, selling Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Murakami and more and yet denying my own true nature. I would answer no and feel an ache inside…

It takes such courage to be an Artist, to be critiqued constantly by others who somehow make themselves Art Experts and yet most haven’t even studied or been submerged into the culture. When I started LAG, I knew I wanted to help local Artists in my hometown and that I did and am continuing to do. In fact LAG is on a mission to Support Living Artists… it’s been the journey and courage to say; I am an Artist that is leading my assistance of other Artists. Never let anyone else tell you, who you are. You are an Artist if you are born one and when you realize you are.

Now to do a bit more prep for the big event… yes, I am excited and it will be a night to remember!

PS. my children asked why they can’t join me… I said “your Mama Yogi Bear needs a a playdate too sometimes.”

xo

 

Art, Identity, Letters, Quotes:, XO Approved

Singular Focus…

for my Love of Art did not just begin but the journey to reveal that love, disclose my story, share my creations has only just.

I found my voice in color; having felt invisible and unheard, the frustration of not being supported in that which is my passion lead way to a Breakthrough. I am an Artist!

Nothing wasted, all the studying with-in the field of Business.. working in Luxury, serving the Elite…being cast into Reality TV all the while starving…

For many the realization of Self occurs later in life…I knew who I am and was meant to be at an early age. It wasn’t until Adulthood and Financial Stability that person could be revealed. Survival often distracts us from our Mission and Talents and that is why now with a Singular Focus… ART is all I will create, inspire and promote.

Share your Story as an Artist; as an individual who has had to stand alone in a crowd of “naysayers” feeling like an Alien speaking a foreign language, I can tell you that it is teaching from testimony that will start or could even save another young Artist’s Career, Dreams, Art and even their Life.

Art Heals; take it from Coach Danica, it isn’t simply color that is expressed through art, but rather voice.

Canvas is to an Artist what

Paper is to a Poet,

an Instrument is to a Musician,

a Stage is to a Dancer,

an Audience is to an Actor;

a medium for which to express.

– Coach Danica

Art, Letters, Wellness & Comfort, XO Approved

Miss Not so Perfect…

If it is in our imperfections and struggle our testimony is the strongest; why then do so many of us stay silent?

Shame keeps most adults who experience abuse as a child quiet.

Fear definitely plays a role.

Amnesia, some simply can’t remember.

Denial, incredible to think that a person would rather be deemed “crazy” for the insanity of the acts committed are too “UNREAL” too “evil” that it is easier for even they themselves to perpetrate the “Story” and believe the lie told to them to keep their silence initially, it’s their doing, fault, wanting, all in their imagination….

Deception, most often a loved one is involved or “aware of” but will NEVER admit it.

Betrayal, no help in sight…having shared, hoping someone cares…having to continue to suffer being betrayed by those in a position of authority or guardianship…

Being called TOO Sensitive, TOO Emotional, TOO Gregarious

I Coach Danica know what YOU are going through, I have been there and done that and please know that for me, my saving grace is my Faith, Mind and Humour; along with an IRONCLAD will to express through Word and Colour, through Art; the Pain endured by myself and Millions of others who unfortunately experience abuse by the hands blessed to parent, govern, teach and love us…

May my diverse writings, open heart and commitment to sharing knowledge and truth encourage you to fight for your LIFE. After all, the abuse was already dealt us; but we have the power to control the future damage… Always a permanent mark, it does not define you and do NOT let it destroy you for their wrongs can not be made right by your Anger and Hate but only by your LOVE and the desire to prevent what happened to you, from happening to your child, their children and so on and so forth the cycle can be broken.

I don’t mind that I am not perfect, in fact it’s in my flaws I found myself, “I found my voice in colour” and through my Art I will continue to heal…

“ART HEALS the not so perfect in us all”

-Coach Danica xo