What Is an Artist?

I’ve been trying to answer this question most of my life. When I was a kid, being an artist was almost an insult. If you were an artist, it meant that you didn’t fit neatly into the idea that society had for normality. You were “creative”, used in quotations because usually, “creative” was sarcastically synonymous … Read More

February Update: What’s Up This Month

Thank you to everyone who has helped to support Studio Blackwater over the past few months. I really appreciate all of your kind words and the ability to do what I love while supporting those who need it. This month, I’m trying to get my spark back. I had big dreams for January that didn’t … Read More

January Update: What’s up at Studio Blackwater

2018 got here┬áso┬ámuch faster than I thought it would! I’ve been busy at work refining a few techniques I’ve been learning over the past few months, specifically acrylic pouring. This technique combines different, complimentary acrylic paints, Floetrol and silicone (or for me, OGX coconut oil mist). Then, all of it is poured in a cup … Read More

October Update: The Superhero Fund

Whether we like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. For many of us, this is an exciting time where we get to give, receive, and enjoy the company of good friends and family. This is not the case for everyone, however. There are many this holiday season who will not be able … Read More

Defensive Creation: What It Is & Why You Should Try It

Unfortunately, I think that most of us would be hard-pressed to find someone who has had a “normal” childhood. So, today I’m reaching out to all of you who felt alone, scared or anxious, and began to get angry when all of those feelings followed you into adulthood. I was told by someone recently that … Read More

August Update

This month is shaping up to be really exciting for Studio Blackwater. Scary Mommy published an article that I wrote about parenting with PTSD. This article highlights the stormy life of a mother struggling with the intimacy and emotional issues that come with this frustrating disease. You can check it out by visiting http://www.scarymommy.com/parenting-with-ptsd/. I … Read More

5 Ways You Can Do a Little Good Today

It’s pretty much undeniable that the world is full of hate. People killing people, bullying people for their sexuality and/or race. In this veritable shit-ball of anger and hatred, there are a few things you can do to spread some love and generosity around. #1: Give a little. Good deeds do not always have to … Read More

Hey. Listen up. We need to talk.

Hey there! I’m glad you’re here. I’m glad you clicked here, right now, and you’re reading this. Believe it or not, I wrote this post just for you. You matter so much. Do you know that? There’s something inside of you that is so different from everyone around you-maybe it’s your creativity? Your ambition? You … Read More