“Every artist dips his brush in his soul and paints his own nature into his paintings.”
- Henry Ward Beecher
Monica grew up loving and appreciating various forms of art, mostly admiring her mother's drawings. But it wasn't until she was in her early 40s, that she finally looked at a career in art as an option.
This change really began when she was 34 years old, she was diagnosed with syringomyelia, a rare spinal cord disease. At this time, she was also informed there were no options for treatment, to go home and try to enjoy the last year of her life.
Due to the aggressive nature of the disease, and several additional diagnoses over the years, she was no longer able to work.
In an odd way, these diagnoses were the push she needed to start a journey she had always dreamt about. Being told she only had a year to live was terrifying and deeply motivating. There's nothing like a timeline on your life to push you to do things that were previously terrifying.
Having far surpassed that timeline, Monica uses her art to express what she's carried with her, what she's experienced, and what she dreams of.
Abstract art is how she celebrates life.
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