I grew up thinking that art couldn’t be a career. In my family, lawyer, doctor, teacher, or dentist seemed like good choices for a career. My mom could have really used a dentist in the family, she said. I went to school, trying to figure out what I liked and I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I became a Language Arts teacher for an inner-city school. This school did not have an art teacher for its middle schoolers so I taught Language Arts and Art to the children.
After I had my first child, I decided to leave teaching and concentrate on just art. Something about having a child makes you a bit surer of yourself and I was sure the art world was where I belonged. I began to paint murals. My son’s bedroom wall was first…. a jungle. From those early murals, my mural business grew. It was all word of mouth and it was a fulfilling experience.
I did murals for 15 years. I had 6 kids during that time and life got a bit hectic. Painting was my stress relief. I knew there were a lot of people out there who would feel the same if they just had the tools. In 2012, I rented my church basement for $25 and held my first paint party. 40 people came that night. Each month the parties grew and I knew I was onto something.
I wanted to reach more through art so I wrote a children’s educational art series. “Roey’s Paintbox® - Art is for Everyone”, airs on PBS and it has won national acclaim. In 2015, I created, with the help of FireRock Productions, “The World of Roey’s Paintbox®”, an educational art and wellness series. The program was nominated for three Mid-Atlantic Emmys.
In 2016, I became a licensed fine artist at Penny Lane Fine Art. I work in oils and acrylics and use bright, rich textures to create floral canvases.
Though I had no formal training for my career path, I am proud to say that I am doing what I love and that I am using everything I have learned along the way to make my days as fulfilled as possible.