Here we are on day four of the Pay It Forward winners!

Are you amazed by the talent of these incredible artists??

I know I am.

Today I would like you to meet Karen Cannon.


I love the idea of your Pay It Forward Contest! 

If not for so many talented and encouraging women, I wouldn't be where I am today. 

Two years ago, I had shoulder surgery and was out of work for a couple of months. (I am a full time psychiatric nurse).  To pass the time, I started reading art blogs.  The more I read, the more I became inspired to start painting again. 

I've painted since the age of four, when I won my first art contest.  Needless to say, I've become a bit better since then but I still love the primitive style I used in my "Noah's Art" painting in kindergarten!  Anyway, I began to paint and read blogs.  My painting led to an abundance of canvases and the decision to start my own blog.  My blog has gone through a facelift since the early days and I don't spend as much time on it as I wish but my job is very busy so unfortunately it sits on the back burner.  As I continued to paint, I decided to try to sell my paintings on Ebay.  That was like diving into the deep end of the pool the first time!  I had already opened a shop on Etsy but was curious to see how I would fare on Ebay.  I was successful on my first painting and was then hooked!  After several paintings sold, I got a message from a wonderful individual who asked me if I was interested in selling with her store.  She represented a group of folk artists and loved my work and wanted to represent me.  I was over the moon!!  I sold art with the Collect ArtWork group for 9 months and met a great group of artists.We are all selling on our own now but it was a great experience! 

My goal is to be able to paint full time.  I love psychiatric nursing but painting soothes my soul.  I want to have a peaceful life, filled with color and shapes and texture.  For now, I paint in my spare time and sell online and in galleries.  I meet wonderful people on Facebook, Twitter and on blogs. 

An artists life is an amazing life and I lead it everyday!


Thank you Karen for letting us get to know you better.

You can find Karen's blog HERE.

Karen's art is available HERE.


The winner of yesterday's Peach Evolution Design giveaway is

Sara from Dream Big.