WelcOme tO vickiO art and thank yOu for visiting my website and blOg. How exciting to be able to see those words in print! I’ve created vickiO art as a way to celebrate and share my artist self, and to share some of the ways art has helped me survive the last 3 1/2 years while living with the chronic effects of Valley Fever. Letting my artist self out of the closet saved my mental health and has been one of the silver linings during this challenging transition.
Another purpose of this website is to begin educating people about Valley Fever. It is a disease that effects people who live in or travel to Arizona and California. My goal is to raise awareness and contribute towards the effort of developing a vaccine and better treatments for this serious and sometimes debilitating and fatal disease. Please click on the abOut valley fever menu option to learn more. Please check out the other menu options above, and my Recent Posts if you are interested in joining me on this vickiO journey.
My goal is to provide inspiration and humor through art, photos, nature and the everyday happenings here in the wonderful Sonoran desert. You also have the option to click on the Follow button to receive email notifications of my blOg pOsts. Come along for the ride!
Letting go of the fear of creating something ugly, stupid and imperfect, and instead giving my artist self permission to just play, freed me to explore and discover this wonderful creative force that has been patiently waiting just below the surface. Letting go of outcomes is always so challenging for me, but being sick provided me the safe environment I needed. Hopefully some of my art and discoveries will touch your heart, make you smile, and inspire you to keep following your dreams. Life is really too short not to.
“Art is simply the language of the soul.” -Robert Redford
Be gentle. Be brave. Be true.