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Partnering with the Dream Factory developed a colorful formation of beautiful relationships and Cosmic Sauce Video Agency and Bussen Productions captured it all.  Declan Johnson and his mother Amanda, as well as Fife Powell and his mother Beth were recipients of a dream through the Dream Factory. Declan got to swim with dolphins and Fife got to go to Disney!

Brainstorming with two good friends who lead and organize this charity we thought it could be a great idea to partner up and collaborate on a painting with Fife and Declan.  Amanda, Declans mom said, “It felt so good to be able to give back to the Dream Factory in this way, through the sale of my sons painting because the Dream Factory has given so much to us.”

Fife and Declan were invited into my studio at separate times to create their own paintings based on their favorite colors and tools. They had no problem filling up each canvas with their joy, passion and positivity. This made my heart leap for joy. Fife named his painting, “World of Circles” and Declan named his “Beautiful World”. I believe when we are given the chance to express ourselves fully with complete freedom it can lead to so much joy and aid in our personal healing process. I was so honored to accompany them and encourage them through this experience. The boys donated their paintings to the Dream Factory live auction this weekend and helped raise money for another child’s dream. The evening was magical to say the least, it was just jaw dropping to see how much generosity filled the room.

Declan, Fife and their families were called up to the stage where both kids got to hold their own paintings up high. Declan said, “Do you think my painting will sell for $50? Then the auctioneer got is auctioneer voice on and started yelling out numbers starting at $500, then $1000 and up and up it went! I glanced at Declans face and he seemed a bit stunned. Both boys were able to raise close to $5000 for the Dream Factory.

The evening did not end there. Our two friends, Heather and Patrick, who I mentioned earlier were the patron’s of the two paintings. When I glanced over to give Heather a smile and wave goodbye, I realized something amazing was happening at that moment. She was handing BACK the painting to Fife’s mom as a gift to her family so she could hold on to the beauty, color and legacy of her son’s artwork. There could not have been a more magical ending.

A Big Thanks goes out to Cosmic Sauce and Bussen Productions for creating the video documenting this journey. Enjoy!

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The theme is Courage. Courage stories coming in and giving me goosebumps. A good friend of mine recently reached out to her birth mother. After 37 years of not knowing anything about her she has found her and they have started to build a relationship. Courage!! What ever you are going through remember you have infinite courage inside….Have hope, be strong, laugh loud and play hard. Live in the moment, smile often and dream big. Remember you are loved and never ever give up.

I am looking for a few more folks (any of you) to send in a quick video to me with your response to the concept of courage. Finish the sentence: “I am courageous because…” “Courage to me is…” or “An example of courage is…”

You can email the clip to me at Be part of my art show in Kanas City!

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I knew the moment Kim reached out to me that we would create something special together. A fellow breast cancer survivor, Kim is strong, honest, and passionate about inspiring others when times are hard. Kim wanted to surprise Jason for their two-year anniversary and celebrate their beautifully blended family.

When Kim and Jason met a few years ago, they were both emerging from painful heartache and were looking for a new beginning. Jason wowed Kim from the start. He is full of life, generous, reassuring, and always makes her feel safe. They soon got married and with three kids between them, began the adventure of forming a new family.

Kim and the kids came to my studio and talked for an hour about their family. Their love was so tangible, writing down love notes was easy. They managed to keep the painting a secret for an entire month, and then one evening Jason arrived home to see an easel with a white sheet over it in their living room. We unveiled the painting, and Kim and the kids explained all the reasons for his surprise – how much they love their family, how happy they are for a second chance, and their thankfulness for having him as a husband and father. The paths that led them to each other may have been turbulent, but joy was abundant that night.

The redemption and hope found in second chances is powerful. Kim and Jason have the motto, “You are my second chance and I am never letting go. I love you. I live you.” These words are embedded in their painting as a representation of their life together and the extraordinary love in their unique family.