I realized before graduation that I didn't want to be a Physical Therapist however with some poor guidance from my counselor I stayed my course. Just four years after graduating I left Physical Therapy to become an artist. I knew I could support myself with my healing therapies - but life took a different turn.
It was at this time that I met my husband. The short version is that we moved to South Africa in 2000. I took an amazing course in Therapeutic Aromatherapy during which time I found out we were expecting our first child. In 2006 our fourth child was born. Three boys and one girl. It was and remains an amazing adventure through which I maintain a thirst for creating, painting, drawing, writing.
I now am an artist, wife, mother, homeschooler. If I do something I do it passionately - there are no in-betweens for me. I love colour and shapes. I love my partner. I love my children and I homeschool them from this wellspring of love for who they are. One of my children has chosen to go to school.
In 2011 I was able to participate in two group exhibitions and I began the Make Your Marks, Make Your Splashes course to learn to illustrate children's books.
2012 Began with a trial at the Andrew Owen School of Art on a very part-time basis. Time is my major constraint at this point so we will have to see how this works out.
If you'd like to contact me I'd love to hear from you at melissarmead@gmail(dot)com! Notice the r in between - if you leave that out I won't be getting your mails. So please make sure to put the r in the middle :-)