M. Kemper Westbrook
I have no formal art training. I'm self taught and my work usually reflects a mood or thoughts I'm mulling over. My background is in literature and education. For most of my adult life, I've thought of myself as an English teacher and writer. During the early days of the pandemic, with four young sons at home and a husband in graduate school, I found that painting with my boys' Crayola watercolor sets was incredibly soothing in a very stressful time. I have painted almost every day since then.
When my father died late in 2020, I began adding drawings and snippets of poetry on top of my paintings to help me sort through my grief. Now I am weaving together my education background into my art and have been teaching workshops on painting, poetry, and creativity for children and adults. I'm so thankful for the outlet painting has provided for me, and I'm so touched when I learn that my work resonates with others.