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Divinemoira Studio: The Beginnings, Part Two: My Introduction to Live Art

Sometime around mid-May of 2011, I received a phone call from Rachelle L'Ecuyer, Director of Community Development for the City of Maplewood, MO. Apparently Rachelle had come across my artwork at a gallery and was looking for artists to participate in a new, upcoming event honoring Bastille Day called, “Let them Eat Art.” 


Participation in this event would require me to paint “live.” As a reasonably new “professional” artist, I was hungry for any and every opportunity to learn, exhibit and gain exposure. 

Live art was a new endeavor for me. My creative process up until this time had been an intimate creative exercise between myself, or more accurately-my emotions-and a blank canvas. My only real exposure to “live art” had been watching sketch artists I had encountered in Paris and New York when traveling during my early teenage years. Creating a large acrylic painting before onlookers seemed like a daunting task. 

Of course no matter my initial concern or fear, I decided to trudge onwards. Jumping outside my comfort zone was the only way I knew how to do much of anything. Lacking skill or talent never scared me, in fact those thoughts never even really entered my mind. I figured I just had to put myself out there and do it. So I did. 

That was the beginning of my journey with creating live art.