Broken Cocoon was birthed through tragedy. I like to view it as God giving me beauty for my ashes (pain). Throughout my life, I used to process through my trials and tribulations by hiding away from the pain, shrinking away from actually allowing myself to connect with the reality of what I was enduring. Shrinking back and just moving forward without dealing with the pain was kind of like my cocoon—my way of protecting myself. This all changed for me on August 29th, 2019. This is when I received a phone call that my baby brother's life was taken. This was the only tragic event that has happened to me where I could not just shrink back from and move forward. It was the love I had in my heart for my brother that awakened the type of pain that I could not ignore.
What does this have to do with Broken Cocoon? Well, allow me to explain. I felt myself spiraling in such deep place of anger and pain that I was not accustomed to allowing myself to feel. I told God, “I need you to help me. I tried grief counseling, and it’s not helping me right now.” It was then that I heard within my heart so clearly the Lord telling me to “pick up a brush and paint.” On November 10, 2019, I had my first art therapy session with the Lord, and that’s when the cocoon broke and vulnerability began to surface on a level that I’ve never seen before. Prior to November 10, I had never painted other than the arts and crafts projects I would do with the children with whom I work. However, from the ashes (grief) I presented to the Lord, he gave me the beauty (art) in its place. Now I want to share this beauty with the world.
I like to reveal a message of hope, joy, and faith through my paintings. I am specifically a fan of mixed media journaling and art. This type of art allows for use of different media’s and textures. It truly brings out the creative in me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time of reading my story and for coming along this colorful journey with me as I transform into the beautiful butterfly God created me to be.