t.e. always knew she had an artist’s heart. She raised 5 children while working as an RN for 27 years, but continued to dream of being an artist. In 2007, she started Wallchemy, a decorative finishes business in Orlando, where she studied with the top designers, finishers and artists in the country. A chance visit to Asheville’s RAD in 2010, where she saw encaustic for the first time, was the springboard for a life change. Inspired by the words of poet e.e. cummings, “...remember one thing only: that it's you-nobody else-who determines your destiny and decides your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you; nor can you be alive for anybody else.”, she moved to the mountains and devoted all her time to painting with wax mediums. This led to the development of a signature series of ethereal landscapes and abstract paintings that have found new homes in private collections all over the country. t.e. hopes all will be inspired to find their muse(s) and be alive!