Flooded with natural sunlight and illustrating my 4th bird, I had no idea the pencil I was using would send me on so many adventures.

Flooded with natural sunlight and illustrating my 4th bird, I had no idea the pencil I was using would send me on so many adventures.

 

It all started when…

I’ve been a Registered Nurse since 2008, was a Realtor for 6 years, and apprenticed in designing and building luxury homes for 5 years. With a creative and entrepreneurial drive, I would never have guessed that detailed bird art would be my calling.

In 2016, my Dad and I stayed at Rancho Naturalista, a bird lodge in Costa Rica. I was surrounded by several dozen hummingbirds and countless other ones I have never seen before. Before that, I didn’t think much of birds. After that, I was hooked. I became a birdwatcher, backyard bird-feeder, amateur bird photographer, and now a Fine Art bird illustrator.

With my newfound skills and ongoing learning since the summer of 2018, I aspire to continue developing a professional wildlife collection while empowering others to embrace art.

Why coloured pencils? (I get asked that a lot). Because I woke up one day with a strong urge to buy pencils. It stayed with me almost day and night for two months before I finally answered the itch in June 2018. The rest of my story is on Instagram and it’s how I got to where I am today. The exciting thing is, this is likely just the beginning.

Embrace your calling. Life is a journey and learning to say yes to opportunities that align with your values and passion has opened many doors for me. I hope it will for you too.

xoxo

Mel