I’m a recovering serious person who, from a very early age, was certain I had no idea how any of this works or what to do with my life. While in graduate school pursuing a “professionalstudent” degree, I discovered I could paint just about anything. I went on to become “an internationally unknown fine artist.” A profession I enjoyed immensely. At one point I passed through a particularly challenging period, during which to my dismay, I found I no longer wanted to make art and sincerely thought I would never paint again. My large art supply collection gathered dust and was eventually stored away. Then one day, I began doodling for no particular reason and the little characters Princess Sassy Pants and the Pup were born.
What started as a doodle, now reaches several million people a week. I am constantly amazed by the adventures the Princess has taken me on and am deeply grateful. Many times in my life I’ve witnessed how the tiniest moves can gain unexpected momentum. I often write about this very thing because I think we all need to be reminded that, unless you’re a sports car, you probably won’t go from zero to sixty overnight. No matter what, we all have to start somewhere and we can all do that no matter how small the first move.
The trajectory my life has taken is probably more surprising to me than anyone. If my fairy godmother had told me a few years ago that I would be doing what I’m doing now, I would have told her she should probably stop drinking her fairy dust! But that’s really how it works–the good stuff, the stuff that really brings real joy in life are those things we just can’t plan. I certainly would have never imagined I would create fat-free, gluten-free, and very sorry to say, sugar and caffeine free works that would amazingly somehow feed some people!
This all began as a tool for my own healing; I paint and write about the things I’ve learned, things I want to be reminded of, and things that make me laugh or smile. I’ve learned that laughter and even the tiniest smile can be incredibly healing. It’s really been my own journal among other things–the Princess & the Pup are me and my little Maltese (whose “stage name” is Prince Pup).
When someone asks me what I do, I tell them I am an “Inspirational Illustwriter.” I have received countless messages from people who tell me how these little images and messages have helped them in some way. My heart melts and I feel utterly humbled each time I read that the Princess and her pals have brought some sense of hope and solace to someone who is experiencing deep challenges. I firmly believe that when we do what we love, we help others and when we help others, we help ourselves.