I live the life that many people dream about: I have my own magical house, I paint and write whatever I want to, my time is my own and I don’t have to be anywhere in particular each day, no deadlines, and I’m deeply fulfilled in my happy work and life.
But this happy situation was NOT achieved through luck – I transformed severe hardship, illness, and chaos into this, by using art as a way of harmonising my relationship with everything.
I grew up in a village of 10 cottages on a Scottish island, a place steeped in mysticism and atmosphere, beauty and wild nature. From an early age, I was occupied with a life-philosophy of spiralling upwards – and didn’t like the limiting beliefs that they tried to teach me in school!
I had a colourful career – painting, inspiring community, growing food and transforming landscapes, and exploring ideas around creative freedom and domestic alchemy – in various countries. I had semi-happy, mildly-anarchic adventures, but struggled to find a place to put down my taproot. I fought with circumstances for several years, trying to understand why I didn’t fit in. I tried a multitude of unusual abodes and environments, from Cypriot cottage to Edinburgh high-rise, Canadian suburbs and Scottish beach village….
Then I gambled everything on a €10,000 house in an abandoned Italian medieval quarter. A few short years later, I was awarded the keys to the city for having inspired a big new international community and the rejuvenation of the old town.
This is where my creative flow began to really flourish, as I stabilised my life and art business for the first time.
In 2012, a famous American TV show made my story well known…. though it wasn’t quite the real story!
For many years, I had kept a tightly-fixed lid on the fact that I’m deeply sensory-sentient, but once I had my own magical safe house, I began turning my sensitivity from an immense hurdle in my life, into a super-power.
When I began full embracing it, rather than struggling to keep it in check, my creative path began really flourishing too: I realised that art was a means of connecting with feeling, and of using that feeling to connect with the world.
Read my story about my creative awakening.
Creativity is absolutely key to our individual well-being, our collective evolution, and to our very survival as a species.
I now work from my beautiful arthouse in Guardia Sanframondi; painting, writing, blogging and connecting with a gorgeous supporting audience across the planet. I created – and am developing – an online art school to inspire others to know themselves through art, and to find their creative place in the world.
If you like these kinds of things: here’s my CV// (CV in italiano)
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