FAQ: Why Penguins?

“Lakeside Dreamers” (2020)
Watercolor, ink and color pencil on watercolor paper, 11.7 x 8.3 in.

I stared at my half-finished painting of a hot air balloon in an orange sky, wondering what to put in the basket. 

All I knew was it had to be some flightless creature that was blowing hearts into the balloon to make it fly. 

Then I thought, what about a bird that can’t fly? Ostrich, chicken, kiwi…. Penguin.

I had doodled penguins before, so I drew one and placed it in the basket. Too cute! 

“Love Enough to Fly” (2012), Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

Then I looked at my second half-finished painting – a sandcastle on a cloud. 

I asked myself, Who lives in this sandcastle?

The answer: “Why, the penguin who just came up in the balloon, of course!”

“A Dreamer’s New Home” (2012), Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

And thus in early 2013, I exhibited 30 paintings telling the story of how the Dreamer Penguins left their early origins, and found their way up into the land of the clouds, and learnt how to fly. 

Now, a penguin is a bird that can’t fly. 

But being a bird means it has the POTENTIAL for flight. 

Just like the Dreamer Penguins, each of us already has the potential to live our best lives, to be our truest selves, and to manifest every single one of our wildest dreams. 

Each Dreamer Penguin is YOU. 

Each mural, each painting, each illustration I make carries my intention that all of us will someday discover our truest selves, and live the life of our dreams. 

Think about you being your truest, most authentic self. What’s one word to describe YOU?

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