It’s a rare occasion I make a painting specifically for another person. I normally work almost entirely intuitively. I pull out a canvas or some watercolor paper, grab the paint that catches my eye, perhaps a few pieces of collage paper, and start working. I don’t know what the painting will look like or the theme ahead of time. I enjoy seeing what life wants to unfold on the surface of my art. It’s like the universe speaking through me, and I simply let it flow.

But this painting was different.

This painting came to my imagination. I saw it in my mind before paint ever hit the paper. I knew who it was for. I knew its meaning.

It also happened to be the first time I EVER painted something with the intention to give it as a gift. That idea makes me nervous, and it made me a little nervous that time too. But I knew it was just the right gift, and I knew I needed to paint it for this particular person. This one was special, perhaps more so than any I’d painted before.

I painted True North as a reminder. A reminder to trust your journey. Lean on the one’s you love. Have gentle courage along the way. A reminder that our connections aren’t so random. That we don’t have to do it all alone. A reminder to always follow your truth in order to know where you truly belong. 

Below is a photo walk, taking you through my process in creating this painting. I hope you enjoy it!

(If you have questions, please ask! I’m always happy to share.)


And the final artwork: