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A Time For Celebrations

If you haven’t already noticed, spring is a time of celebration. With a very Happy Earth Day happening on April 22nd, there is so much to treasure about the natural world and our place among it. From its humble beginnings in 1970 to what has become a global celebration of over 1 billion people and 193 countries, Earth Day is the perfect reminder that we are here to nurture our environment to the best of our ability. 

On this celebratory note, I also want to wish you a Happy Arbor Day, an annual holiday happening on the last Friday of April! Depending on your region, some might celebrate in November and some in May, but the same message is always there regardless of timing: Arbor Day was created to encourage people to plant trees, and in the Healing Tree Studio community that is an invaluable sentiment. 

Of course, we can’t forget about Mother’s Day, a celebration of our dear mothers who, like our bountiful earth, give us life. This year we have dedicated May 9th to share thanks with those who raised us while allowing them guilty pleasures, peace, and relaxation. My mother’s birthday was April 26th. Although Marilyn passed away in 1992, I want to wish her the happiest birthday. Thank you for this gift of life to which I am eternally grateful. 

I’ve been busy making new work to share with all of you, available now on both sites. Whether you’re looking for something portable like one of my bookmarks or a larger unstretched canvas piece ready to hang on your wall, you’ll find something great every time. The bookmarks are created with colored inks in tones of silver, orange, and red, and come in two sizes, 7 inches and 11 inches. My canvas paintings are unstretched pieces done in acrylics and ink that range in size from 8 x 8 inches to a larger piece of 48 inches. Shop online and find the perfect piece for you! thehealingtreestudio.com

I would like to say a warm thank you to everyone who attended the First Annual Art in The Park. While this was my first attempt at an outdoor event, it won’t be my last; just being outside with others was a rejuvenating experience! It was organized by the city of Las Vegas and coincided with a ribbon-cutting of a playground adjacent, where more than 50 vendors of artists, music, and food, drink filled the area. The next one will come in October, so mark your calendars and get ready to come together again! 

My art tent set up for the event

The incredible Dr. SunWolf once said, “The paradox of gifts: I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.” Today I give you the gift of celebration; take some time to think about all the reasons you have to spread joy, tree-friends!  

Artwork · back to nature · Bookmarks · cabin retreat · Facebook giveaway · Life · New Items · note cards · trees · Utah · weekend getaway

Friendships and Trees

The world around us holds a web of connection, each of us tied together in ways we might never notice as we go about the steady pace of our daily lives. But if you take the time to look closer and reach out to those around you, you’d be surprised to see how many people there are in your community who appreciate the wide and beautiful universe like you do. 

I found one of these unseen connections just down the street from me in my friend Bethany. Our friendship began over Facebook where I shared my artwork in a group called I LOVE TREES; there we connected over art and nature, and Bethany purchased one of my pieces. Online conversations led to our first meeting at a coffee shop, where we shared our love for trees and creativity. I was happy to find a kindred spirit in Bethany and she was eager to support my art and improve her own technique. Over time, we’ve created together, building on her technique and sharing a deep love for nature in our work. 

This connection manifested as a weekend getaway for the two of us and Bethany’s partner to their cabin in Utah, just a few hours outside of Vegas. Here, we were surrounded by other distant cabins but isolated in the middle of nature, where vivid light outlined the mountains, backed the lush trees, and sparkled against the water. Our days there were endlessly inspiring. 


Back in the studio, I’m doing some new artwork for 8 x 10 prints, ready for framing. The new artwork will feature trees in a new myriad of colors with some including leaf details and printed quotes. Printed on 110 lb cardstock, these pieces will have a backing and be sealed in a plastic sleeve, prepared to arrive safely in your hands and look stunning on your walls.

There are only two days left until the live art fair happening on April 17th that I’ll be participating in, located at Bruce Trent Park (8851 Vegas Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89128). The fair is open from 10am to 4pm, so stop by and check it out for some gorgeous handmade artwork!  

This month, my Facebook page giveaway prize is a set of cards in my new six-color watercolor trees series, and you can like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. Stop by for a live announcement on my page on April 30th at 6pm, and find out if you’re the winner! 


In the words of Shakespeare, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” I believe in this idea; that together, connected by our invisible threads of thought and surrounded by the commonality of nature, we each have something special that becomes more beautiful when shared.

Artwork · Bookmarks · Facebook giveaway · New Items · note cards

Better Late Than Never

No more fooling around, everyone–the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the breezes are warm and refreshing! I’m leaning into brighter days and admiring the growth all around me. Now is the perfect time to make peace with change and embrace what the universe has in store for you, as green shoots push past the dirt and the sun warms overhead. Take time to ponder; what’s something great that spring holds for you?

Maybe it holds an opportunity to get back out into the world. For my Las Vegas locals, there is a live art fair happening on April 17th that I’ll be participating in, located at Bruce Trent Park (8851 Vegas Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89128). The fair is open from 10am to 4pm, so it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and be surrounded by art and nature with over 50 different participants. I’d love to see you there! 

If you’re unable to stop by the live art fair, check out new notecards in my shop instead. I’ve created a vibrant and eye-catching set of six, depicting simple and colorful trees with matching borders. With the use of watercolor and ink these make a gorgeous card to send to anyone you love, whether you’re wishing them a Happy Birthday, hoping they get well soon, or simply saying thank you! 

Let’s celebrate Janet S for winning my March prize of Canvas Bookmark. A brand new prize will be shared on my Facebook page, and you can like or comment on the monthly giveaway post to enter. The winner will be chosen on April 30th at 6pm live on my page, so make sure you stop by and join us to find out if you’re the lucky one!

Starting with March, I’ve begun to send out newsletter updates to those signed up for my Artist Insights. By signing up, you can stay up to date with my new creations, artist events like festivals and sales, and a few special moments happening in my world. Better yet–you’ll also get a 15% discount for my shop that you can spend on any artwork. Join now on my website to keep up with exclusive tidbits from The Healing Tree Studio world. 

C.S. Lewis said, “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” Look toward the budding trees and slide your windows open. Let’s welcome in the winds of change!

artists · Artwork · Bookmarks · New Items · trees

Moving Forward in the new year

Welcome back, Tree-lovers. It’s a new era in the universe of The Healing Tree Studio. 2020 has come and gone and love is in the air!

December and January provided me with a sort of creative hibernation, and I’ve spent this time honing my skills and creating new pieces from the heart. Customizable and personalized bookmarks are here just in time for you to share some love with that special Valentine of yours. The growing heart design embraces a sensation of care, while warm and joyful colors bring light to the pages of your book. Add your initials to make this piece even more memorable, or customize it with a gorgeous tassel. 

These bookmarks are available on Etsy and my website, and better yet can be purchased on sale for $19.99 from $24.99. Whether you celebrate Cupid’s day or not, these bookmarks make the perfect gift to spread some joy with someone you love! (Or maybe even a treasured purchase to nurture self-love.) 

As we move forward into the new year and seek the things that bring us joy, I want to announce an exciting event. Beginning in January, I’ll be hosting monthly giveaways on my Facebook. Each month I’ll give a different item away, including a set of six notecards, a laminated bookmark set, a canvas bookmark, and many more surprise items to come. A live announcement of the giveaway winner will be on the last Sunday of each month at 6 pm PST, so please stop by and join us for a chance to win a work of art. 

If you’re as excited as I am about the new work coming to The Healing Tree Studio, you can keep up with announcements in my Artist Insights newsletter and receive a 15% discount for any item, at any amount. 

Maybe, wherever you are in the world, the trees past your window have lost their leaves and stand empty against the blue of the sky. Or maybe they’re full and green and lively, with birds nesting among the branches and leaves dancing in the wind. Maybe, like me, you look at these trees and reflect on how bright the world is and how wonderful it is to celebrate those you love and treasure. Here in my studio, the inspiring energy of creation has kicked into gear and it’s time for growth and discovery. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride!

Bookmarks · greeting cards · Laminated bookmarks

Something New

Greetings, Tree people! It has been a busy November. Creating new items and shipping orders. This will be my first online Holiday selling all of my new creations. And it’s proving to be successful. So let’s dive right in.

Opening my Etsy/website shop with handmade canvas bookmarks, I had no idea the direction it would lead to. I have researched plenty of shops and reading the owner’s process on their successes. They all seem to have one thing in common, most of them started with one idea, and it has grown in a different direction. As with many artists, at least with me anyway, I find that creativity breeds creativity. I am always looking to grow, expand, and create. This reminds me of a favorite quote -“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.” -William James.

Single Christmas card printed on 110 lb. cardstock. Created from an original watercolor design. These cards are 5 x 7 inches and have 3 optional bookmarks perforated and easily detached—a knotted twine for the tassels. The retail price is $4.99. discount for multiples.


Below are the new bookmark designs. A collection of 5 laminated bookmarks, each one from an original watercolor design. Heat laminate with cord tassels. Each bookmark measures 2 x 7 inches and retail for $10.99

These are the new items at The Healing Tree Studio. You can view everything at The http://thehealingtreestudio.com or My Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHealingTreeStudio

Until next time, Enjoy The Art of The Tree!

Bookmarks · Life · Spirituality

A guy walks into a bar…

It was December 10th, 2018. I was excited to meet a new friend at a local bar and grill for a couple of drinks. We both knew one of the ladies that worked there. She was a food server who had worked at the bar for about 12 years. I met JC, the server, a few months back. JC owned a commercial building where she invited me to do an art show with a fellow artist. It was very successful. I sold a few pieces and met some great folks. This, in fact, is where I met my new friend Samantha-Sam for short. Sam was there to collect on some gaming bets she had placed the week before. Monday’s were a day the football betters came in. I walk in and find a place at the bar towards the back. It is a fairly large bar, a two story with a false second floor, so it was completely open on the inside. It was rectangular in shape, with the actual bar in the middle with booth seating against the walls, except for the back wall. The entrance to the kitchen and office areas are located there.

Both JC and Sam owned some of my artwork. Some of my largest pieces too. I was in a good mood and ready for a drink. After saying Hi and giving hugs, I place my order for my first drink, vodka tonic with lemon. It went down smooth. Sam and I chatted for a bit and caught up on her drama. I just sat there listening and ordered another drink. It wasn’t long after that that Sam had to go. She didn’t win any of her bets and needed to attend to her dog, birds, and a hamster.

I stayed planted in my seat and ordered some bar food and another drink. JC was very good at multi-tasking. It was busy in the bar, but she could stop for a chat and continue serving food and drinks without skipping a beat. Me, I am content sitting by myself as I have always enjoyed people watching. We are a predictable but fascinating species.

I did not work the next day so I could indulge as I pleased. So I did. Another vodka tonic with lemon please. JC worked the 3-11pm shift. It was about 10pm so I decide to stay and have drinks with JC after her shift. I was drinking water and had some food, I was good to go.

JC finished her shift, did her paperwork, her tip outs, and sat down beside me, and ordered her drink. She is a charming person. Always keeps busy with her commercial building that she has her side business in, a floral and gift shop. She helps a lot of her customers that have become friends over the years.

One thing about Vegas-if you have never been to local places- is that 99% of every bar is a gaming bar. Meaning the actual bar area has video/multi-game machines. If it is busy, you have to gamble to sit at the bar or risk being asked to move so someone can gamble on that particular machine. Otherwise, if it’s not busy, you can sit in front of a machine. Only the corners of the bar do not have a machine. I tend to sit at the corner a lot.

JC and I move down a couple of seats to have one of her favorite machines to gamble on. It’s time for another drink, and the new relief bartender is here, JC introduces me to her. “Jeffrey this Maddy, Maddy, this is my friend, the artist, Jeffrey.” We say hello to each other, and I order another drink and some water. The bar is fairly empty, just about a handful of people hanging around. Maddy walks away to make my drink, and JC gives a little back story. Maddy is in her mid 40’s and has been working at this bar for about 5 or 6 years. She lost her son 3 years before an accidental drug overdose. He was 18 years old. JC nor myself have any children. I told JC that that must be the hardest thing to ever go through, to lose a child, especially so young.

Maddy comes back from making her rounds to check on other patrons, JC and her chat about the evening JC had and mentions she was just telling me about her son. “I miss him, he was too young” Maddy says

I must be in about 5 drinks now. Feeling very good and then the strangest thing starts to happen. I get a powerful feeling of a presence to my left and a voice in my head that keeps saying, “ask her, ask her.” I recall having this happen before but always ignore it and chalk it up to being intoxicated. This time I thought to myself, let me prove that I was drunk or lucky at guessing. Maddy comes back, and I ask her, “Was your son’s name, Ryan?” She did misunderstand me and thought I said, Bryson. The music was loud, but she seemed surprised and said, “Yes,” and I just went with it. I recall feeling there was a “Y” in there somewhere. Maddy left and came back, and I felt I had to go on with this. so I asked her, “Did he have dark hair, and was it swept to the side, hanging in his eyes?” Maddy said, “Yes,” And then she asks, “Are you physic?” I replied, “No, this has never happened to me before, not like this!” I ask a couple more questions, mainly for my benefit, to confirm that this is really happening. “Is he tall and lanky, and does he own a green long-sleeve pull-over?” Without hesitation, she says, “Yes” again. “Is He here? I always felt he was around me. Is he ok?”

At this point, I am totally convinced Bryson is here and communicating through me. I do recall seeing him. It was glimpses of him, with his head down; I never saw his face but definitely knew he was showing himself to me. There was a haze around him. After it was established he was here; he became an orb, a large orb. In fact, it was a double orb. It’s difficult to give a measurement, but I would say about 3 feet in diameter; the brighter smaller orb was inside, still a part of the larger one. I didn’t tell Maddy this, I just wanted her to know he was here and with her.

I answered her with “Well, he has always been around you and he is doing great!” Maddy starts to tear up and says “This makes me happy, I always wanted to know and have tried to talk to him but don’t know how.”

I am getting a vision of him releasing butterflies from his right hand. It’s a repetitive motion. So I ask, “Do butterflies mean anything to you?” She looks at me, then JC, and back to me and says, ” I have them tattooed on my back. JC, did I ever show you?” JC says, “No.” I told her I didn’t know what it meant but that he was insistent that I mention it.

Maddy makes her rounds to the other guest in the bar again. It is pretty quiet between JC and myself; she is busy trying to strike it rich on her machine. And I am talking all this in and thinking how intense it is. Maddy comes back. I tell her that Bryson loves to hear her talk to him, and he wants her to continue. I remember stressing this point a lot. He showed me a 24/7 sign, and so I said he loves, loves to listen to you, so please just say everything you can out loud.

At this point, Maddy walks around the bar and gives me a hug, we both are tearing up, and she is very grateful this has taken place. She mentions again how much she wishes she could talk to him and that she believes people can communicate with the other side. Maddy walks back around to the other side of the bar, wiping tears from her eyes. I look at JC and say, “Holy Fuck! I don’t know where this came from.” and take a sip of a beverage.

I look at my phone, and it is now 4:30 in the morning. I think to myself, I have got to go home. But there is something else coming through. When Maddy comes back, I tell her, “He is showing me a board game, something literally made out of wood, something you unfold, does thing mean anything to you?” she responds with, “I was teaching him Cribbage before he passed away.” I said, “Well, it meant a lot to him, and he really enjoyed it.” She says, “Thank you.”

On a final note, I tell her he is fading away from me and that he wants her to remember to always talk to him and to know for a fact that he is always with her, literally above her right shoulder. I look at JC and tell her I must go home now. I hug and tell them both goodbye.

The next day I wake up and feel very energized and well aware of what took place. I immediately call my friend Kathy, who is intuitive and talks to the other side all the time. It was refreshing to get this out of my head and explain what happened. She is fully supportive and gave me some insight and asked, “How do I feel?”

It has been almost two years since that event took place. A couple of other things have happened, but nothing as deliberate and surreal as that. I continue to meditate in a quiet, peaceful, and relax state. I discovered a site called GAIA.com. I will link so you can check it out for yourself. I have the app on my phone and refer to it often. It’s a spiritual NetFlix, if you will. There is a monthly charge if you subscribe. Anyway, that is my go-to for anything current and relevant to my spiritual journey.

Until next time, cheers! And Enjoy The Art Of the Tree.

Artwork · Bookmarks · My Shop · New Items

Branching Out

I have to use the phrase branching out, right? I can use so many phrases because of the tree theme, and I will do my best to use every one of them.

In this case, I am referring to growing my brand into something a lot more than an Etsy shop. I have employed the assistance of a professional. A graphic artist specializing in logos and branding. I found him on the site Fiverr.com I have used this site before and was happy with the results. Honestly, I did very little research because this particular person was one of the first listed under the subject of Logos. A few things caught my eye with his intro. He claimed to create a “story logo”, his example was a tree, and his profile picture was him sitting on a fallen tree near a beautiful forested area. This was a no-brainer, right? Well, the results are beautiful.

As an artist, one might think I would design my own logo. In the beginning, I did. If it wasn’t obvious, surprise! For me, there was more to it than just drawing a tree and putting my name under it. I needed something that represented the shop’s name. I decided that it didn’t need to be my tree because I don’t typically draw or paint leaves, but I am branching out in this case. I am delighted with the results and pleased with the figure off to the side in a meditative position. The colors are perfect, soft, subtle, and calming. I have blue, green, and a perfect shade of beige that looks distressed, adding a bit of age to the image.

Along with my new logo design, I have added 6 new bookmarks, 4 of which are a “Tree Hugger” series, and 2 of the small sizes. For 5 of these, I decided not to add any tassels. I had a customer order a bookmark to be personalized without a tassel and thought maybe I could do some without. I like the results.

As you all know this is where I cut out. So, until next time.

Remember to Enjoy The Art Of The Tree!

Artwork · Bookmarks · New Items · note cards · Spirituality

The Art Of The Tree

Taking on art and spirituality. At least learning how to. For a long time now I have been wanting to know why I have been drawn to trees. As I mentioned in my last post of how I got started, I have often wondered why they showed up in my life. Something I didn’t talk about and that is what I did before I started with trees. Doodle. That’s about what I did. I sketched little things, like Holly Hobby, gulp! remember her? Nothing of importance or significant. Just doodling.

So, here I am going on 30 years of drawing trees. I have tried being philosophical about it but that isn’t my strong point. I am rather a simple minded person, I don’t understand complications. Meaning why have we made everything so difficult? Why is this human life such a struggle? My answer; because we made it so. Each person is an individual of expression of one. One of my favorite quotes, “We are not humans living a spiritual life but a spirit living a human life” -possible credit given to Dr. Wayne Dyer per the Quote Investigator. This simple quote has changed my perspective of life. For me, it turns every situation around.

Strange enough when I was writing this I was listening to an audio from Dr. Sue Mortor. She is an author, speaker, teacher and a doctor of Chiropractics. In her audio she talked about life being difficult and explained it very well. It is more than I want to explain right now so we’ll save that for another time.

So, let’s talk about art! I have released a new set of note cards. Again they are a set of 6 different designs. I have added a kraft brown envelope to this collection. I think they turned out very nice. Here’s the pic.

I have also updated some images on my Etsy and website. I had a busy day they other day with my photo shoot. I created about 28 videos, one for each bookmark and one for these new note cards. Each video is less than 15 seconds. This one is a favorite, having a bird in a tree with the birds in the background was brilliant!

These are my updates for now. Thanks for reading and watching and talk to you soon.

artists · Artwork · Bookmarks · Life · trees

What do I see?

It was the summer of 1989. I graduated cosmetology school (hair school as we called back then) in March and was working at SuperCuts honing my skills and soaking up all the free education they offered. I lived in Wichita, Ks. I just moved into my own apartment in June. It was a renovated 3 story Hotel and I lived in a studio on the third floor and paid $175 a month. I was happy.

I was working full-time, had my own apartment and took the bus to work. My apartment building was just a few blocks from the river that ran through the middle of Downtown Wichita. I felt like I was getting settled in and it was time to start drawing again. About 3 months into my 6 month lease there was a leak in my studio roof and it rained on my drawing table I had set up. I talked to the landlord-who by the way was a fabulous gay friendly girl with dark hair and was very funny- she gave me a one bedroom on the second floor as compensation.

I am settled in again, my cozy one bedroom with no furniture except my daybed and warped drawing board. It was an open concept layout. As you walk into the front door it was open to my living, dining and kitchen. Straight ahead was a wall with narrow windows on each side. To the left was about 2 foot of space and to the right was my walled kitchen and the door to the bedroom and bath. I placed my daybed against the wall in between the windows. There was nothing in my bedroom but a small dresser.

I am now ready to draw something. I wanted something different from my usual tools, paper and pencils. So I bought 3 stretched canvases. Two of them measured 3 ft by 1 ft. the third, was a 10 by 12 inches. I laid them on the floor in front of me and asked myself out loud “WHAT DO I SEE?”

A tree trunk came to mind. Not the whole tree, just the trunk part. I thought “OK cool, I’ll draw a tree trunk” I positioned the canvas to start drawing length wise and grabbed my gel black ink pen and started drawing. If you don’t know anything about an artist canvas, then let me tell you, it’s very textured. So getting a smooth line on it is impossible. But that was OK because I was drawing a tree, they’re not smooth either.

I had no idea what it was going to look like or how big, I was just drawing a tree trunk. I went about my daily life and would draw in my spare time. I don’t recall having a TV. But I do remember listening to Hiroshima, Enya on my Walkman cassette player and laying flat on my back with the lights out and candles lit and just meditating and breathing. I really had no idea what I was doing, it just felt right at the time.

612 E. Douglas, Wichita, Ks. 67202

I found this image courtesy of Google Earth. Looks like they are still renting out as apartments. I looked at their site and prices have gone up. A studio starts at $599. And of course they are completely remodeled.

After I finished the tree trunk I thought “Now what?” I used the second canvas and turned it length wise parallel to the first piece and started on the branches of the tree. Fast forward a few more months and it’s time time top it off. A total of nine months later and after multiple ink pens I now had a finished drawing. I had completed my first tryptic art piece.

So that is how I started drawing trees. All three canvases were completed I later sold it for $275. I hope it’s doing well.

As I continued to draw my trees, I was determined to only draw with ink on canvas and paper. As an artist of any kind, you will get people that will offer suggestions all the time. I was reluctant to take any of them. I continued to draw in black and white for years. Until one day I looked at my work and thought, “wow this is really old school” I started experimenting with other techniques.

A black and white in progress

There you have it. My exciting story of how I started drawing trees. Now here it is September of 2020 and I am still drawing trees, only now they are a bit more colorful. I now paint with acrylics and use colored inks as well. I play with texture, like a home made paste with baking soda, glue and white liquid acrylic paint. Here are some examples.

Honestly, I am feeling like this took way too long to write and this is where I tend to just drop off with my stories. But, before I go, Let me tell you something. I sometimes look at my drawings and think “Holy shit! did I do that?” I think I could have gone to school and improved my skills a lot better then being stubborn and thinking I should be able to do it naturally without structure and instruction but I haven’t. So here I am, doing more intentional drawing and creating then I ever have. And I am happy.

Artwork · Bookmarks · Life · My Shop · personal acceptance

An Artists Point Of View

Literally my point of view from my studio window.

A non-stylized shot from my desk. Even my computer is open as I am writing this post. For the first time in my life I believe I am truly doing what I love. It has taken me years to get to this point. Not that I wasn’t doing what I liked prior but I think it becomes about being fulfilled as well. I have always been a creative type of person. After being redirected as a high school student because of advice from a math teacher telling me to pursue something other than architecture due to the lack in math skills I had no idea what to do. I found myself going to a local community school for Fashion Merchandising, after completing that I now had a diploma in which I could work at a Dept. store dressing windows. Next…

I then enrolled into hair dressing school. This felt like a perfect fit and it was for a very long time. From 1989-2007. I thought it the best of all worlds. Interacting with people, being creative and the multiple avenues that it offered. Everything from working behind the chair, educating, instructing, platform artist, colorist, product sales to owning your own shop. (I never did) I spent my first four years in Kansas, where I obtained my license and then moved to Vegas in 1993. My license transferred to Nevada and it was easy to get a job.

My artwork was always in the foreground, it was never a large part of what I did. Not until after I was laid off from my “Salon Manger” position that I enrolled into a leadership class and pulled out my artwork and started showing it off. I got some great comments and feedback and then I would create gifts for people, such as cards, and small drawings. At this point I looked into showing my artwork around Vegas, Anything free or a minimal charge, like $25 for a submission. I was doing this to get exposure and feedback, not to win but to face my fears of rejection and maybe not being a good artist. I was and still consider myself a self taught artist with no formal training, just a few classes here and there. As I was becoming more comfortable showing off my art, I still pursued other avenues to generate and income.

My first attempt at doing my own thing was a key chain a friend and I created and started a website and tried to sell to some friends I knew that had small retail shops. Here is a photo of the key chains.

Getdusted was the name of the company. Little vials of dust and glitter based on the name of the key chain.

This lasted about 6 months until I gave up. I keep them around as to remind not to give up again.

So for the next several years I attempted different careers such as; obtaining a mortgage license, Real Estate License, random retail and even the Las Vegas Strip positions. Even a couple of attempts to have my own studio/gallery and an online drop-ship store. (also tree themed but all imported) It seemed like no matter what I was doing I couldn’t stop thinking of how and what could I be doing on my own.

Let me fast forward to 2020 as not to bore you to death about my misadventures. It’s February and I watch a YouTube video of how this girl is closing her shop on Etsy. She talked about how it -Etsy- was changing and that it wasn’t fair and so on. At that moment I thought to myself, this is one view point, I bet there is another. And there was. Stephanie Cole-Lewis had just the opposite view point. She talked about not paying any attention to the negative comments as Etsy and any other platform is going to change. The second point was “It can still be done” meaning you can still make great money and follow your passion as a hobbyist or artist or any handmade business you choose. I subscribed to her channel and have never looked back.

So here I am in the beginning of September of 2020 with just over 50 sales from Etsy since opening my shop in early April. Side note; I actually started a shop in October of 2018 and never followed through with it. When you look at my shop and it states open since 2018 and see that there are only 52 sales, I thought this might hinder my starting out but not at all. I could have opened another shop and started from scratch but analytical me thought it would look good being open at least two years longer.

It really all started to come together when I followed my heart. I know for a fact that everything I have done up until now has been about avoiding my “Tree Art” When I created the name “The Healing Tree Studio” it was about the healing process in every aspect of the word. Not just mentally and physically but emotionally, spiritually and self acceptance and awareness. It’s about healing as a human species, a planet. Healing from the scars of regret, remorse, anger, resentment and not following your passion. Now that I have open this flood gate and exposed myself I think we can start talking about some real shit from now on.

Cheers!