Wednesday, April 21, 2010

♥ I heart art ♥ Kolleen Harrison

I ♥ happy people.
You know, those kind of people who would be bright yellow or pink if they were a color.

I haven't ever spent time with Kolleen Harrison one on one, but from her art and her blog, I have the feeling there is some bright pink there [smiles].

Meet Kolleen and check out the vivacious art she creates:

When did you first begin creating art?
Does having an obsession with coloring books as a child count?!!   I feel I always had a strong pull and desire to create but quite honestly let many other things get in the way of my doing that.  A little less than 2 years ago, I had a very vivid dream that drew me into the beginning stages of my painting and creating.  It was one of those dreams that awakens you in the middle of the night and you know you just HAVE to write it down!  It was the dream of my "HeartWingSisters"!!    I was also given the book “Spilling Open” by Sabrina Ward Harrison that ignited that fire strongly within me to really delve into my creative if I go more than 3-4 days without doing so, I find myself getting a bit irritable and crabby!!  
(sorry to my hubby and kiddlies!!)

What is your favorite or most sentimental creation and why?
hmmmmm.....this is a tough one to answer since there are many that i hold near and dear to my heart.  It would probably be this one I did not too long ago.  It states “life is better with company” and it was inspired by my family and all of my dear friends who I cannot imagine walking through this life without! They simply make life better!  I will be listing this in my etsy shop....soon to be opened!!

What people/things inspire your work?
First and foremost I would have to say my 3 daughters.  They inspire me so much and in the majority of my art I try to provoke the message of “focusing on our hearts” and being in touch with our inner beauty and growing kindness within.  These are things I feel, as their mama, I need to teach them!  Also, the countless amazing women in my life from my mom to my sisters to my aunts and girlfriends....they ALL inspire me together with my inner child, old vintage stores, hanging at the beach, and the endless amazing artists and blogs out there!!


Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating? What would it be?
I simply dream of my artwork reaching out and inspiring others, reminding them of the importance in staying focused on our hearts.  We all age and our bodies change....but with work and desire and awareness to continually learn and grow within ourselves...our hearts will become more kind and compassionate and hopefully inspire and have others follow suit.  And I am a strong believer that the more of us focusing on our hearts....will create a much better place for all of us and our children!

Check out Kolleen's blog for more behind her inspiration 
& don't forget to check out the rest of her art.