Empathy drives my purpose in life

“…to feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate…There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. …Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.” 
― 
Anthon St. Maarten

My Story

Some years ago, I became the caregiver for my parents at the end of their lives. Although I chose to do it, and I loved being able to provide for them during their time of need, this process took away my day-to-day life, special moments with the rest of my family, my energy, and my own being. Caregiving is a generous and rewarding act…and it also consumes the one who is doing the nurturing. It takes a massive toll on the wellbeing of the giver, with very little relief.

I am a visual artist;
and I am innately perceptive…

As a visual artist I am on a mission to positively touch lives to bring about a sense of wholeness. I am also highly sensitive and as such, I am notably linked to other’s feelings, and probably the #1 reason I became a caregiver. Being an empath and capable of recognizing someone else’s emotions is like a ‘transfer of energy’ which I fully embrace – it has allowed me to become deeply aware of my surroundings and environment…creating a portal through which a legacy and memory is conceived in art.

I see it as a precious gift I’ve been given to use my vision as an artist to intuitively connect to those who may be longing for
fairness and understanding…

High sensitivity has granted me the privilege to feel intense compassion for the plight of others. I sense the uneasiness that people around me may be enduring, especially those who have devoted time from their lives to render aid; as well as the pain of those who have been emotionally injured by words, actions and/or inactions from others. Through this bond with those I serve, gentle visualizations are captured and these become paintings.

Empathy does indeed drive my work…and I am living my purpose when, through my art, I am able to convey to very special people that they have not been forgotten.

                  Ellie