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I have always been wired to create but it is only in the aftermath of surviving a highly aggressive cancer as well as getting out of a heart-breaking co-dependent relationship that I dove deep into my creative practice, achieved spiritual freedom, and found my calling.

May River Montessori in Bluffton, SC, is my home away from home where teaching art has been both my passion and mission for the last three years.  With a solid background in mental health and school counseling, I focus on creating a mindset where students feel safe and free to soar in self-expression. 

It is an honor to provide a therapeutic, self-accepting, spirit-lifting creative space for children.  To experience their bliss state is a blessing for my soul as well as theirs.  I am beyond grateful to work with our team of incredibly dedicated and skilled educators and to have found higher purpose in a geographical location that provides such sanctuary is a silver lining I never imagined.

I have been schooling myself on every artistic technique possible so I can be a highly resourceful and informed guide for my students.  I don't know where I would be without YouTube and Instagram so THANK YOU to all the brilliant and generous artists out there who offer online tutorials! 

I have become fascinated with knitting, silk painting, and mixed media pastel portraits.  When I have time, I love to work in layers over several days.  I always find a groove in my creative flow, usually discover something new, and sometimes please others to the point where they buy my work.  What a gratifying experience!

I am a founding member of the National Association of Women Artists, SC chapter.  I display art on the Colleton River Art Wall and a small collection of my jewels can be enjoyed at Maye River Gallery in Bluffton. 

My breast cancer diagnosis came at 36.  I am BRCA1+.  I have been donating to Play for P.I.N.K. fundraisers around the country for many years and I encourage all women with an early history of cancer to inquire about genetic testing.  It can help inform treatment decisions, prevent unnecessary surgeries, and ultimately save lives. 

Connect with me on Instagram @dogwoodstudiosoldfield


"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you"

- Rumi

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