Hi! I’m Annastasha, painter and maker. And I have something wonderful to share with you. I’m going on an adventure! I’m calling it my ART & ADVENTURE.
I’m going to California and then to Utah, from Florida. I’m traveling over 2,000 miles with my baby and two dogs, while my husband is deployed for the next 3 months. I leave in just a couple weeks, and I’m super excited to go on this trip!
My goals of my trip are; to capture in photograph, sketch, and painting, the western landscape and especially wildfires—because that’s what I paint, as many of you know.
I want to reconnect with the landscape. I’ve been in the south now for over 6 years. We were not in the south for just 9 months in those six years, but it’s been a long time since I’ve spent extended time back home in California and Utah, where a lot of my inspiration comes from as well as the support of family and friends out there.
What I’m asking of you today is to help donate towards my trip. I’m going to need money for my gas to get out there. There’s going to be a lot of driving around as I drive to sites and possible wildfires out in the area to capture the inspiration and things that I need to create more of my paintings and understanding of my subject.
Why I paint wildfires:
To help bring optimism and hope to people in their lives, especially in their difficult times and remind them they are resilient just like mother nature is. And to draw a parallel between our lives and mother nature. We go through difficult things, and I believe that God gives us difficult things to deal with—most the time those things are not because of our choices—so that we can learn and grow and change. But it’s up to us to figure it out.
Sometime we don’t understand how we learn and grow and transform until after we have some distance from those difficult times. So, that’s why I paint my wildfires. And a lot of times I paint them from a step back perspective to see a grander picture, to see how colorful and beautiful they are but yet terrifying, or dramatic, or inspiring.
I really hope to share my message with more people. So if you know other people that would like my work, please share my work and my videos as I make them. I plan to share a lot about my trip; the things I see, think, and write about.
It’s going to be a struggle. There’s going to be good times, there’s going to be bad times. It’s going to be hard with everything on my plate with a baby, two dogs, and my husband gone, but I really believe I can do it. And I know I can with your support whether through donations or just sharing my work or giving me feedback. Thank you so so much for listening to me today and supporting me in whatever way you can. Thank you!
DONATE HERE!!! Join in this pioneering trip with your pledge of support! I can't wait to share updates of this experience and the artwork I'll be making.