About me

Hello-

 

I'm a storyteller and art maker. A lover of books, good food, dancing, movie watching, the beach, the mountains, and almost anything outdoors. I love a good view, especially when a body of water is in the landscape. Dogs have always been good companions, but a cat named Brushes, has brushed his way into my heart. Sharks and anything creepy crawly is not my friend.

 

I sprouted in New Jersey, but blossomed in Portugal. Nature was my playground. I climbed fruit trees, ran in fields with butterflies, and walked on rooftops (don't try this at home kids!).  I grew up under the spell of Walt Disney's magic, Peanuts, Warner Bros, and my grandmother's warm crusty bread.

 

At the age of eight, a passion for drawing cartoons and dreaming of being a Disney Animator was ignited. While living in Portugal, a healthy addiction grew for reading comic books, mystery novels, and writing poetry.

 

When I was fifteen, I moved back to the States. As an artist, my craft has evolved through exploration, and freelance opportunities. I took art classes through Valencia Community College in Orlando, FL in illustration, painting, figure drawing, design, and sculpting. While I contemplated the pursuit of an art degree in my twenties, opportunity knocked for an apprenticeship as a freelance sculptor for a former Disney Imagineer--I jumped at the chance.

 

Some of my sculptures:

Scenes from Cinderella for Tokyo Disneyland Park, mummies for the Revenge of the MuMMy ride at Universal Studios, MuMMY merchandise, Make A Wish Foundation, maquette sculpture for a children's hospital, and an oversized cricket player for a resort.

 

My art took a side step when my husband and I decided to have a family. Pregnant with my first child we moved to North Carolina. Two beautiful little girls and seven years later, the calling once again was too loud to ignore. I facilitated art classes for young budding artists. Wrote puppet scripts for my church, and blogged for a parenting magazine. Inspired by children’s books I read to my girls, I took to writing and learning to craft stories.

 

I am a member of SCBWI, The Storyteller Academy, and a few critique groups. Locally I am an admin for Urban Sketchers of the Triad, where I sketch around town with local artists.

 

Now my passion and focus is on children's literature and illustration. I write to express the stories on my heart, to remember my inner child, and to hopefully make a difference in the world. You don’t have to make art to be present and see, but I do.

 

Thank you for stopping by!

Florbela

Twitter: @anartistlife2

 

 

I was featured in a local newspaper:

https://www.journalnow.com/relishnow/the_arts/visual_arts/living-full-life-provides-the-inspiration-for-painter-writer/article_a033f5b6-3bdf-5e20-bdcf-65dcf0270603.html

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