Hi! I'm Monika, a passionate artist who found solace and inspiration on the breathtaking North Shore of Oahu, Hawai'i, after making the move from Chicago in 2014. Drawn by the strength and essence of the sea, I felt an undeniable connection that mirrored what I needed to discover within myself. It was during this time that I embarked on a remarkable artistic journey, teaching myself how to paint in 2019.
With no prior experience in drawing, I followed my intuition and delved into capturing the graceful movement of waves on canvas. Each brushstroke became a meditative trance, transporting me as if I were catching waves with friends or engaging in an energy healing session. Painting became my therapy, an avenue to channel the meaning of surfing that had become so intrinsic to my being.
However, fate took an unexpected turn when a surfing accident forced me out of the water. Yet, instead of succumbing to frustration or despair, I embraced painting wholeheartedly. In 2020, amidst the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, I found comfort in dedicating myself to my art. This was a rare opportunity to invest time in myself, and I seized it without hesitation. I immersed myself in online tutorials, allowing my artistry to evolve and seamlessly incorporate my expertise in energy healing.
In 2021, a pivotal moment occurred when my intuitive voice guided me to transform a portrait I was working on. Through the application of texture paint, I shifted my focus from drawing people to exploring the boundless realm of energy. This marked the birth of my first EnergyPortrait, a captivating representation of the unseen forces that shape our existence.
(Pictured: 16x20'' EnergyPortrait in Oil)
My artistic journey has always been driven by a relentless curiosity and a desire to understand my emotions, reactions, and surroundings. During my high school years, meditation became my refuge, a means to navigate and make sense of the world around me. I realized the profound importance of introspection, as it revealed layers of self-awareness and untapped potential that surpassed all expectations.
Going inward holds tremendous significance, as I firmly believe it leads to a deeper understanding and connection with ourselves. It is the key to unraveling preconceived notions and living a purposeful and fulfilling life. Through my art, I aim to guide others along this transformative path, offering them a tool to acceptance and genuine happiness from within.
Every brushstroke I make is infused with the intention to capture the essence of your soul and translate it into a stunning piece of artwork. My intuitive voice has been my compass throughout this extraordinary journey, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create a masterpiece that encapsulates the very essence of who you are.