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Portrait Sketches: A Bit About Me

When I was younger, I always got saddened by the fact that I never could draw something straight from my brain. I was very good at recreating… well… everything. I could draw exact replicas of items, places, cartoons and even people. For the life of me though, I could never create something new.

Portrait of my youngest son Leo — 2022

Today, I find it to be a gift. I may not be able to pull ideas out of thin air to create art. But I can create portraits of passed loved ones for people. I can put together individuals that never had the opportunity to meet. I can paint with oil paintings and give the feel of the mountains to someone who was never able to travel. I can even recreate some of my children’s favorite cartoon characters.

Vegeta — Dragon Ball Z — 2019

It is a gift that I would not trade for the world.

Art is my therapy. In all forms. Painting, photography, drawing, writing and even crochet. All of these things are a form of art and expression. When I was in high school, these were the only things that kept me moving forward. As an adult, I use them to support my family. Who knew, the starving artist isn’t always starving after all.

Angry Dog — 2005

Have you ever created art that filled your heart with joy from the minute you finished? If you have — Please send it to me at — I would love to see your work. If I get enough responses, I would like to do a piece on different artist.

The most wonderful part of art is that it is whatever you want it to be. Some with many shades and colors and some just made from one black line. Isn’t it phenomenal? The possibilities are endless! I suppose that is what intrigues me so much and is the reason I started practicing arts in the first place. I was never good with just doing what someone expected of me. I enjoy making my own path. Art is a great way to do that. Wouldn’t you agree?

🧡 Shine Bright, Kayla

Originally published on May 2022

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