Using art to bring people together
Everyone keeps telling me that this site needs more information about me, so here goes...
a recent picture :) (2016 class)
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.
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.
Because, why wouldn't you want to paint with me & see this goofy face? #PaintMakesMeHappy #derp #hashtag
And why not? It combined all my favorite things: people, art and talking. But it became so much more than just me talking at people. 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.
"L's Art has become more then just a hobby, then a second job, it is definitely a passion."
My love for art and teaching has taken me ALL over middle Georgia and even as far away as Zacapa, Guatemala.
I am the far right in glasses - the others are my incredible team who helped me create this mural in GUatemala for a hospital
GUatemala love - coolest kid EVER
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.
Painting parties to raise funds and awareness for charities. Using art to bring people together for a good cause.