MEET OUR ARTISTS
Creating art has been a passion for me as long as I can remember. As an introvert, I have always craved a bit of time and space that was all my own where I could express, imagine and process the world around me. Art and creativity has given me a special way to engage with the world and connect with others. I believe everyone’s soul desires to be creative, whatever the medium: music, art, theater, cooking, writing, entrepreneurship, social service, etc. Creativity gives us the opportunity to process, grow, understand and engage with our world in new and exciting ways. I love combining words and pictures in a way that hopefully brings a bit of hope and encouragement to the world and reminds us all we are just humans working out life in our own way and time. I live just north of Chicago with my husband, 2 grown sons and my office mate and favorite furry guy, Champ.
How did you start making art that empowers people?
I have been making art for over 6 years commercially and for commission work. The work is amazing and fun and I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful partners. Recently I have had a yearning to explore more open transparent topics with my art and through social media. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression on and off over the years, I felt called to share more openly about this journey in the hopes of bringing greater connection into my life, work and community. Since opening up about my own journey, I have found it to be incredibly healing for myself personally and so fulfilling to connect with and learn about other people’s journey too.
What do you do to self-care?
On some days being creative is a wonderful form of self care for me. So even though it might also be my work, it is also often my joy. Because much of my work now deals with very real and sometimes raw topics, it is also therapeutic and I grow through each piece. However, when I am not creating, I lean on meditation. I started meditating close to the time I returned to art and next to art has been the single most powerful form of healing and balance for me. In addition, time with my family and my husband, and my dog who I am sure has healing powers of his own :)
SHOP DESIGNS BY ELIZA TODD