24 days ago
Good morning and happy May! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself for those who don’t know me. I am a nature loving adventurer, writer, artist living in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in Washington state, I spent many of my weekends and summers hiking, backpacking and doing other outdoor centered adventures with my family. Our Sunday adventures will always stay with me - from riding bikes in the snow on logging roads to exploring the forest that met our property to climbing mountains where my dad would pull out a watermelon at the summit - sharing the reward with all. Week long backpacking trips with my parents and sister, my grandparents and aunts and uncles and family friends - fishing for our dinners and blueberry cobblers for dessert.
I feel grateful for this start in life and that all these years later I still find joy in adventuring and spending time in nature.
I spend a great deal of my time in nature, although I also spend much time writing and painting.
By day - I write textbooks on exciting topics to educate on providing care to individuals who experience dementia, mental disorders and traumatic brain injury.
I authored a local guide book on the Olympia area titled Explore Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey - publishing the second edition back in 2013. (Available on Amazon). I paint just about anywhere - I pack my watercolors around on trails: to mountain summits, beaches, to the shores of alpine lakes. And I paint. This gives me an opportunity to really sit and see. To notice every crevice, every blade of grass, every wildflower, every sparkle on the water, every branch on every tree.
I also paint with acrylics on large canvases - mostly in my home studio. (not sure a 30x40 canvas will fit my pack) I get to create charming and whimsical pieces that reflect the joy of nature when I can’t be outside experiencing it in that moment. You can find some of my art on my website AngieLea.com.
Have a happy May Day. I remember delivering flowers to people’s door step when I was a kid & knock and run. Then watch from a bush the joy it gave the person. Enjoy today. Spread light today. The world can always use more light and joy.