Anna Gallagher Brindley is an artist and painter who was born in  North Carolina but has spent the majority of her life in Texas. She uses both acrylics as well as oil to paint and bring her artistic visions to life. Anna loves the challenge of taking something blank and turning it into a masterpiece. It makes her feel so joyful and productive when she works with her hands pushing paint. She said she feels like painting has meditative qualities and when she loves the overall outcome of a painting she gets an extra fire in her belly. Some of her favorite paintings include the quick studies she does in her garden because they are fun and relaxing, where as she is more of a perfectionist when it comes to her pet portraits because that’s family so it’s more important. 

With that being said, Anna began oil painting when she was just eleven years old as a hobby but it has evolved into so much more than that over the past thirty years. For instance, Anna now uses art as a way to cope with various trials that have appeared throughout her life and to express her feelings without having to use words. She knows firsthand how stressful life can get, especially since she is the primary caregiver of a daughter with disabilities.

She states, “When I start living in the future or worrying about my child, I reach a whole other level of stress, as you might imagine. When I get to the point of being overwhelmed, I stop and realize I haven’t made time to paint. Painting is something that I can do for myself that is the ever-popular (and much needed) trend of self-care that allows me to relax and get rid of all of my tension and anxiety.”

In fact, Anna often posts her artwork and tags it as #arttherapy and #selfcare because it makes her feel so much better when she is doing it. She wants to encourage others to take up painting or any other form of artistic expression they might be interested in as a way to cope with the stress and trials of life because she knows just how healing it can be. Furthermore, her work can be found on her facebook page Anna Gallagher Brindley or on her Instagram @annagbrindley. She paints for commision, especially around christmas where she makes pet portrait ornaments. 

All of the proceeds go to some type of charity. At the moment Anna is working with Friendship Circle because that charity directly helps her disabled daughter. For more information about Anna or her paintings feel free to email her at agbrindley@yahoo.com.

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A Journey Through The Mind of An Artist

By: Sierra Dyson

Ellen Sandbeck is a papercut artist originally from San Rafael, California. She went to college at the University of California in Santa Barbara with the intention of studying environmental biology. Sadly, due to her time-consuming schedule, Ellen was not able to work on her art. Within a month or so, she got to the point where she would sit in the back of her Chemistry 101 class, having vivid hallucinations even though she was not on any type of drug due to creative withdraws. Once that began she knew action had to be taken to preserve her mental well being. Therefore, Ellen changed her major to art in order to have a healthy creative outlet in which she could express herself.  Thankfully, after she switched over to an art major she had the time to do what she loved which eliminated the hallucinations she had began to have. Since then she has fully dove into the world of art headfirst and still practices her medium from her home in Duluth, Minnesota where she lives with her husband. Some of her art is showcased below and if you are interested in learning more about Ellen or her artwork follow her on Facebook at her pages called, Ellen Sandbeck and then A Buddha A Day. She can also be reached via email at ellen.sandbeck@gmail.com or  abuddhaday@gmail.com. Furthermore, her art can be viewed on artwork archives at https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/sandbeck.

Ellen Sandbeck

This is a self-portrait of the artist as Medusa:

Medusa, self-portrait  8″ x 8″ scissors-cut paper 3 layers

 (This scan was done before the piece was trimmed to size. It has now been trimmed)

Tiger (From the series

Tiger, from the series, “Endangered Chinese Zodiac.”

11″ x 8.5″ , scissors-cut paper,  5 layers

What Are the Consequences of the 2016 Election?

“What Are the Consequences of the 2016 Election?” 

17″ x 11″  scissors-cut paper, 11 layers 

This piece was inspired by a trip to China shortly before the 2016 election. After the election, Ellen was convinced that the U.S. was going to rush headlong straight into the type of environmental catastrophe that China is determinedly speeding away from. Unfortunately, in her eyes she was right.

We Were Stardust

 “We Were Stardust”

11″ x 17″  scissors-cut paper, 7 layers

Ellen is an organic landscaper, and has been growing vermicomposting worms, and setting up indoor vermicomposting systems for more than three decades. The “We Were Stardust”  papercut is a visual representation of her spirituality. Once she was invited to do a piece for a “Religion and the Environment” symposium, and this is the best she can do as far as being religious goes.

Goodbye Diamond Match

“Goodbye Diamond Match.”

11″ x 8.5″  scissors-cut paper, 5 layers.

Ellen did it in response to the closing of the last wooden match manufacturing company in the U.S. The company had been a fixture in Cloquet Minnesota, which is near where she lives, for well over a hundred years.

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