I have always been an artist at heart, though my background has been Real Estate. Real estate was good to me, but I clearly remember at the beginning of 2009 feeling sad, as though part of me was dying. I wasn't sure what was happening but I felt I had lost part of me along the way and just couldn't shake that feeling off. My daughter was getting ready to go to college in the fall of 2009, and she told me before she left that real estate was not for me, that I should do something I love.
Here she was telling me what I would often remind my children, to follow their dreams, so I hired a life coach to help me walk through the dark place I found myself in. He asked me what would I do if money was not an issue and I blurted out "I would paint all day." He asked me why I was not painting? I confessed I wasn't sure I could make a living out of my art. I will never forget what he told me next. He said: "How sad that you don't believe in your art." Those words knocked me down. How true they were!
I began to paint and my sadness quickly left, in came total bliss every time I painted. There was joy in my soul and a feeling of being alive, grateful, and love seemed to just flow through me. It was then that I made a commitment to be a full-time artist though I had no clue how it would happen.
In 2011 my son went away to college and I too went back to college to take all those art classes I always wanted to take after high school but couldn't at that time.
By the summer of 2013 I had completed all the foundatmental art classes equivalent to 2 full-time years of college credit. I enjoyed every class, and felt my artwork got stronger because of those classes.
Since then I have won art awards, my paintings have been published in several publications, and my artwork sells nationally and internationally, and though it has not always been easy, the best feeling is when someone collects my work.
Even though I realize that it's not really my art, as I am just a tool for the Creative Source to express what needs to be expressed, every single work of art I create is with the intention of bringing beauty, healing, and love to those who feel a pull to it.
If you are one of my collectors or a fan of my work, know that I am honored to be of service to you and grateful for your support.
Gladys painting mural in 1981, at John Marshall High School, Griffith Park, CA.