Hi everyone! I am so happy you stopped by. My name is Paola (pronounced Paula).
First and foremost I am mom to four amazing kids. Two of them are adults now, and the two younger ones are my “trolls”. I am married to a very handsome and supportive man. He has so much patience – he’s an enabler even -- for the hamsters in my head. I am very blessed.
I have always loved the arts. I can recall drawing and crafting when I was eight, possibly younger. I haven’t stopped since. Then in the blink of an eye my life was turned upside down. I became very ill and needed surgery to have a growth removed from my kidney. It took me year to feel like myself again. I announced to my peers that I was returning back to child photography, another artistic passion of mine. But then my health turned again. I got dysphagia, which reduced my ability to swallow food. I spent a great deal of time in the hospital trying to eat and get stronger to go home. But my artistic ambitions could not be deterred.
While in the hospital I had my moleskin drawing book and Faber-Castell pencils close by. Each day I would plug myself into my IPhone to drown the sounds of the hospital out. I listened to Amilee. The mood set, I would grab a pencil and just let go. I doodled. I drew whimsical little girls and wrote messages of courage next to them. I was pouring my heart out. After being released from the hospital I continued to draw. Over time my health improved a little and I was able to open a studio and teach mixed media and Copic coloring. Along the way I met some wonderful ladies who introduced me to scrapbooking. I began to attend their crops, and yet another artistic avenue opened up to me.
I still face challenges with my health. But I’m eager to participate in this amazing crafty world of ours. “My Whimsical Little World” was just a fan page of my work when I started it. Now it is an art studio/supply store and a showcase for my digis. I am super excited to see where this takes me and all the people that I will meet along the way. I am very blessed.