GET TO KNOW ME
My name is Marissa Indoe. I am a 20 year-old environmental technology student and self-taught artist.
I have developed a style focused on brightly coloured landscapes with natural subject matter to incorporate my love of nature into my artwork.
I hope to one day create art that directly relates to conservation of the world's ecosystems to truly tie my passions of the environment and art together.
MY FATHER'S IMPACT ON MY ART
I was fifteen years old when my father unexpectedly committed suicide. This caused me to fall into overwhelming major depression, develop major anxiety, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Painting, drawing, or any hobby felt impossible when my mind was consumed by the thought of my dad.
For almost an entire year I created no artwork with the exception of school projects. My motivation and drive to be creative slowly faded, and knowing this caused my sadness to worsen. This vicious cycle persisted for many years.
But, one afternoon my eyes met a fiery orange sunset and I felt an indescribable energy. I knew that it was my dad. I remembered all the sunsets we watched together, the ring-of-fire sunflowers we planted, and how he always told me "It's the little things in life that matter".
I had such a strong urge to paint, so I went home and started painting that orange sunset. Each brush stroke felt so easy again, so natural. I knew it was the start of a new beginning.
It was at this point I started to expand my style with watercolours and get a little more serious about art. I began painting, studying colour theory, and learning techniques almost everyday. I eventually left a very emotionally abusive relationship and used painting as my coping skill. Creating art became what grounded me the most, what brought my confidence back, but mostly what made me feel connected to my father again. It brought his energy back into my life, it became an amazing coping mechanism, and it helped me reconnect with who I am.
Every time I pick up my paint brushes I think of my father's kindness, motivation, and persistency on me creating art. He is the reason I chase sunsets, the reason I embrace everything in life as it comes, but most importantly one of the reason I am pursuing art.
I miss him more than anything, but I am so thankful for all the things he taught me and the motivation he has given me as an artist.
Rest In Paradise
Charles Indoe 11.11.14