Life's Roller Coaster: From Dark Pits to Artistic Hits!



Leonie.e.Brown Artist in studio working with heat gun on encaustic painting

"Today, I'm going to spill some the beans about my life behind the scenes. You know, the stuff that doesn't make it to Instagram or TikTok."

Life is not just a bunch of pretty pictures and funny videos

It’s also a roller coaster of emotions, challenges, and choices. So, buckle up, grab some popcorn, and let’s get real.

Maybe we’ll cry a little, and maybe we’ll laugh a lot. Who knows?

What Lies Beneath

You see, behind the colourful splashes and the witty captions, there’s a story of struggle—of facing the darkness and choosing to shine bright.

Depression used to be my unwanted roommate, and it was a total jerk. But I kicked it out, and now I’m living my best life. Well, most of the time.

From Darkness to Light

Some of you may already know my story, a tale of resilience born from a childhood tainted by parental alcoholism, rejection, and various forms of external abuse.

And yet, I emerged as a survivor, determined to thrive in spite of the scars. But life had one more challenge in store for me—cancer. I won’t hide the truth; when I first heard the word “cancer,” a wave of despair threatened to drown me. I was weary from a lifetime of fighting to survive and overcome the demons that haunted me. At that moment, I longed for eternal peace—to reunite with my animals in the afterlife.

Depression is a total Jerk!

Art as Therapy

I’ve made art my therapy, my happy place amid the madness. In the words of Van Gogh, who was also a bit of a mess, “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Life, like my paintings, can be messy, chaotic, and downright scary. But in that chaos, I found a choice – a choice to paint my own story, to be the hero of my own adventure.

The Big Choice

Choosing life is not just a slogan on a bumper sticker; it’s a big choice that makes all the difference. The Bible, in Deuteronomy 30:19, says it best. “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

These words hit me like a tonne of bricks, and I took them seriously.

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

Life can be a real bummer sometimes, right?

You get hit by one wave after another, and you feel like you’re drowning in your own mistakes.

But hey, don’t let that get you down. You’re not defined by what happened yesterday.

You can always start fresh today and become the awesome person you were meant to be. It’s not a walk in the park; it’s more like a roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns. But that’s what makes it fun and exciting, right?

Choosing Life’s Palette

I decided to live, not because it was a piece of cake, but because it was worth it.

And you can, too.

No one can steal your life from you; it’s a gift that only you can unwrap, a decision that only you can make.

You can choose to live and explore the rainbow of opportunities that life has to offer.

Extending a Hand

So, to those who are having a hard time and who feel like they’re stuck in a dark pit, I offer you a hand. Let’s create a new story together.

Every brushstroke, every colour, is a choice—a statement that you are here, you rock, and every day is a chance to make something amazing. Choose life, my friend, and let’s turn the mess into art.

I’m here to help you on your journey of finding joy and meaning through art. My goal is to provide a palette of inspiration that speaks to your heart. 

The art of life is in your hands

As the brush strokes of life keep on painting, what masterpiece will you make today? How will you use the palette of choices in front of you, and what colours will you add to the canvas of your being? The art of life is in your hands.


Whether you're an art enthusiast or someone seeking inspiration, I invite you to explore my shop and gallery, immerse yourself in the stories, and discover the beauty that can arise from life's challenges. Together, we can celebrate the art of thriving.


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