"The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow."  - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I have always loved arts and crafts. Throughout my childhood years and into adulthood, I have always enjoyed a variety of arts & crafts - ceramics, photography, creating my own Christmas cards and gifts for family and friends, etc. Yet it wasn’t until I was 50, that art became something even more profound for me. My sister died suddenly on her 53rd birthday and grief hit me hard. Less than a month later, while attempting to do some Christmas shopping, I stumbled upon One Zentangle a Day - a book by Beckah Krahula. I bought the book, planning to give it as a gift, but once I got it home and began reading it, I decided it was something I needed to try. It turned out to be truly a godsend.

I absorbed as much information as I could about Zentangle over the next few months and then decided to take the leap and become a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher). This was about a year after I first found it.  Creativity rescued me from dark places and has brought me a great sense of peace and serenity. It brought me closer to God and helped me find new ways to meditate and pray. I have loved teaching and sharing this passion. So, here I am, searching for more ways to share art and how it can bring peace and love into the lives of others.