I have no art training..
it was something that started to manifest as I began to delve into some life altering experiences in 2003. Today, as I reflect back on the metamorphasis over the few short years since I first picked up a paint brush – I can’t help but believe that within us all is a messenger in search of a delivery system.
I don’t consider myself a painter or a fine artist per-se. I guess I’m more of an illustrator. My path, it seems, is one of telling stories of my journey, the speedbumps, the ditches, the hilltops and briar patches through these images. It’s a path I fought against, but life has a way of forcing your gaze in the direction intended and then kicking your butt out of the nest and all along its majestic and potholed road. Once I came to accept my calling, I realized I’m not the only one on this journey and that there are many of us face-planting our way towards enlightenment.
I believe our mission on earth is to evolve – into what exactly, I have no idea. I also believe that the road to expedite this mission is to live this current life with two main goals – and these have become my mantra (with a shout out to the amazing Bishop John Shelby Spong), “To live wide-eyed in the Mystery of Life and Dare to Love Wastefully. – ” Blessed be”
St Victors Theme - Opening Theme Song
St Victors Theme by Vic Lee
Vic LEE - artist
A Few of My current favorite things
- Book: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
- Movie: This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
- TV Show: Outlander (Starz)
- Song: The Canon in D by Johan Pachabel
- Bands: Green Day, Jethro Tull, Snow Patrol
- Artist: John Waterhouse (1849-1917)
“Where are you from?”
is probably the question I’ve been asked the most throughout my life. The short answer (which never satisfies anyone), is New York – I know it’s not a satisfying answer because I am then questioned with, “No, really, where are you really from, before that?” . . . the truth is, I do not know.
I have this theory that at the time of my creation there was some grand explosion, and pieces of my essential being were scattered about the earth and heavens.
A shattered Humpty Dumpty in search of my missing pieces, I continue to find myself in my travels. Each place unlike the next, with shards of my essence concealed within the fibrous weave of lands I’ve not yet walked, and in the very lines of faces I’ve not yet seen; still, I am there, and when I finally arrive, I am home.
The experience of connecting with life, all life, despite time and distance, lands and languages is priceless to me. I am the traveler but not the tourist.
I started writing when I was seven years old, letters to God written by a child whose voice was stolen from abuse; my letters were a means of coping with trauma, but more importantly, my letters were prayers, and in my mind, a weapon against evil. “You are only as sick as the secrets you keep” – my writing was the vehicle to carry my secrets away from me, my words empowered me, and kept me hopeful that my hero would find me, and so she did.
My rescue came in the form of a Siberian Husky whose unconditional love healed my wounds and helped me find my voice again. I am forever grateful to my four-legged savior, and honor her still in every opportunity to help another find their voice, in my writing, and in rescue.
All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men couldn’t put humpty back together again… but courage, hope, perseverance, and unconditional love just may.
Elise JOLI - writer
A Few of My current favorite things
- Book: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
- Movie: Winter’s Tale
- TV Show: Vikings
- Song: Montana by Gipsy Kings
- Bands: Bon Iver, Queen, Damian Rice
- Artist: Klimt and VanGogh