I became an accountant at the age of 28 because I finally realized what I loved (or so I thought). I was a little late figuring it out, earning my BA at 30 and an MBA in Finance by the time I was 40. I was happy in my daily life, loved what I did for a living, and had found the love of my life: Rob Edwards (with me, above left).
On December 15, 2014, two days before we were going on vacation to Florida, I woke up to a sound that will forever haunt me: Rob, gasping for air. The paramedics were not able to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at the age of 48.
I was devastated and didn't know how to keep myself occupied and not think about that horrible event. Then I remembered that Rob and I went once to a "wine & painting" class. We were both skeptical, and both surprised when we had a blast. Tragically, he and I never got to go again together, but I built the courage to return, both alone and with friends. I enjoyed it so much that I endeavored to sign up for a class whenever there was one nearby.
After a few classes, I realized that for the three hours I was painting, I wasn't thinking didn't about anything except painting! Until that moment, I hadn't fully comprehended what "living in the moment" meant.
Painting turned out to be therapeutic. My feelings came through in my paintings. I didn't realize I had a natural affinity for art, and with my insatiable appetite to learn new things, I found myself trying new techniques, and my paintings rapidly improved. I began to realize that painting was what I was meant to do! It was my passion and it gave me a new beginning and new aspirations.
Within six months of launching a website to sell my paintings (and augment the sales of my weekly booth at various Orange County venues), I launched a second to sell the jewelry that seemed to naturally evolve from my newfound creative processes.
A year after discovering my chops as an artist, I am proudly launching a third site, LisaBsWorld, to replace the first two and to focus the spotlight on my ongoing evolution as an artist. Enjoy, and please don't hesitate to give me feedback along the road (see contact form below).