Everyone keeps telling me that this site needs more information about me, so here goes...
A Little Something, About Little Ole Me:
**Update: As of 1/22/18, I am an Atlanta, GA resident!
My name is Larissa. Most people butcher my name, so you can call me L. I am a twenty something, addicted to chap-stick and coffee, fluent in sarcasm and a bit naive. I lack coordination and laugh at my own jokes. I like to pretend I enjoy reading and on a good day I actually enjoy running. Family, friends and faith are most important to me.
"Oh, and I really like art and dinosaurs."
I guess you could say I have a passion for people. Whether it be in my profession as a paralegal or my hobby as a benefit artist. I kind of stumbled into the second one. I have always loved art! But somewhere in the hustle and bustle of working towards a "grown up" job, earning a college education and paying bills, the first love of my life fell to the wayside. I nearly stopped art all together, with the exception of the occasional volunteer project I got recruited into: Artist for the Breast Cancer Awareness Tent at Relay or Muralist for the local nursing home. Then the day came when a friend of mine opened up about her venture to adopt two children. Knowing that "painting parties" were a hit, I knew what I had to do to help my friend. And then, just like that, I discovered a new love: TEACHING art.
While teaching these events I have listened to people: the widow who discovered she could make a sunflower; the elderly who even while hurting found she had a knack for abstract; the self-mutilator who redirect their emotions. The list goes on. It became more then talking and paint on a canvas, it became friendships and lives affected. A way to share joy, doing something a little different (for most) and discovering you are capable of creating something beautiful. In short, it is cheap therapy and it is fun.
A little too philosophical for smearing paint on a page you say? I encourage you to attend these events and see for yourself.
My love for art and teaching has taken me ALL over middle Georgia and even as far away as Zacapa, Guatemala.
Recently, I started to question where L's Art is going... I still have no idea! But I know where I have been and who art makes me. I have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful humans through art, both teaching classes, collabs and traveling.
I think right now, that's all I want to focus on.
And I think that is pretty cool.