I was a weird little kid taking out big art books on Rembrandt in grade three and dragging them home. Then through my teen years I was really interested in design and fashion.
But when it came time to choose a career path, I didn't think these creative things that were so much fun were "real" jobs.
Now I've finally figured out that taking the safe path in life was a way to avoid what I really wanted to do -- make art.
As I unravelled what was holding me back creatively, I unravelled a deeper connection to life. Creativity and life are enmeshed and as you invigorate one you invigorate the other.
Now I'm an artist and creativity coach who wants to help people like you bust out of their limiting beliefs and be the creative rockstar you always knew you were.
Because I’m living proof that it IS worth doing.
Your joy is worth reclaiming.
Creativity doesn’t have to look like what your cranky 7th-grade art teacher or the slightly bat-sh*t crazy high school drama kids said it should look like.
You get to define it.
And if that feels scary?
That’s why you’ve got me -- I'm here to demystify the creative process and turn it into something that’s just for you. I'll show you the way to return to the part of you that always loved art but had it stamped out by the world.
Gina is a magical blend of creative and strategic, organized and explorative, focused and curious.
Human potential, small steps, beautiful things, colour, nature, and cutting out the noise to make room for the fabulous.
Pretense, parades (really, I don't like them), large crowds (see parades above), saying yes out of guilt, and unmade beds.
Walking my dog, being cajoled to watch Dr. Who by my kids, playing with colours, relaxing on my deck swing, tending flowers.
Morning pages, green tea and matcha, GF oatmeal with cardamom, yoga or boot camp, reading before bed, and watercolour play.
You can make something with your hands and get lost in it.
You can start small and crappy, and learn to silence that busy body voice that tells you unless it’s perfect, it’s not worth doing.
Your artist is still in there--she just needs a safe place to land and a trusted creative guide by her side who makes making something feel like play again.
Even professional artists and makers go through the same things you are right now. Doubt. Fear. Overwhelm. Perfectionism.
As creatives, we need a friend who can look at obstacles from an objective lens and help us reframe them. Someone who understands why we might be afraid of our profound urge to create.
I've been there and I can help.
Lemon Ginger Green Tea
Making Color Sing
Creative Pep Talk
My Favorite Things
Traveling — especially to Jamaica for callaloo, rice and peas, and chatting with the locals.
my happy place!
The Woods. It's my zen place where all of my best ideas happen.
Hygge. I'm that girl who takes pleasure in soothing things. I love coziness for the soul. Thick blanket, soft couch, hot drink. I'm in.
My Favorite Things
Screen porches. Benjamin Moore's Cloud White. Ragdolls and mini-Aussies. The colour orange. Big skies.
my guilty secret
Cooking for company. I love menu planning and creating in the kitchen. But day-to-day? I leave that to my partner.
Photos. Taken close to home and far, far away. Nothing too staged. The more natural and in-the-moment, the better.
Where I stand on the super important stuff... Agree / disagree?