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A Very Personal, Uplifting Story by Debbie Marie Arambula
14 years ago, I never imagined that I would be sitting in my own gallery, sharing my life story with you on a very personal basis. Sure, when I was a little girl, I day dreamed about creating a happier world… I mean, I used to daydream about this ALL THE TIME! I imagined myself a movie star, a famous singer, a professional, world class dancer and a Mommy, but world-collected painter was never even a glimmer of hope; in fact that dream was put to sleep a long time ago.
I remember the birth of my artistic calling. It was on one spring morning, during kindergarten. I was working on this cool art project. We were using colorful pastel tissue paper to cut shapes we loved and gluing them onto a rescued piece of wood that I chose to paint a warm, soft, buttercup yellow. Still to this day it is my favorite piece in the whole world and you have my brilliant Mother to thank for saving it all these years!
I remember that day, feeling so happy & engrossed in using scissors, “on my own”, for the first time, cutting pastel colored hearts, a flower, a mountain range and a banana. Out of a multitude of shapes, these were my favorites & like most of my art, each has its own story and this one is no exception. Each shape defined who I was and what was truly important to me in life. I just loved the happiness that I captured in the piece. And this little voice inside my heart said, “This is what I want to do, bring light, happiness & joy to the world!”
I remember having this epiphany, as my tongue comfortably stuck out while cutting the shapes and gluing them on the wood. In a bold moment of purpose and passion, I said to my teacher “I want to be an Artist”… and she said to me, “Well honey, that is very hard to do and you really won’t make a lot of money.” I looked up at her so sadly and somewhat confused and said why do I need to “Make Money”? (I literally THOUGHT SHE MEANT I had to actually “Make THE Money” while I just wanted to ‘Make Art”)
I really don’t remember anything after that, but for some reason, I decided that she was right because I loved her so much and knew that she knew a lot. And so my dream was put to rest for 30 years…
Coming from a family of well-known, hardworking, dedicated entrepreneurs, as a young mother of 23 years, I was inspired to start my own house cleaning business. I was cleaning about 20 homes a week for some top celebrities, businessmen and women, and although my back was in extreme pain every day for 15 years, (during which I birthed two more babies), I became sort of famous for not only an above average ability to clean, but also an unusual talent for rearranging furniture in rooms in such a way that it gave them an uplifting feel. (I think that is what they call feng shui?)
And so my dream of becoming a famous artist was substituted for by my talented ability to clean a home and change the esthetic energy in any room I touched. And this made my customers VERY, VERY HAPPY!
From House Cleaner to Internationally collected HeARTiST:
Although many adventures led me to actually picking up a paintbrush and selling my first piece, I remember the first time I created a piece of art and brought it to one of my “House Cleaning” customers to show her. She LOVED it so much, she instantly asked me, “How much?” I said “$269.00” she said “I’ll buy it!”
WOW, my whole universe was doing the happy dance!!! Could it be that I could create such beauty in one painting that it would inspire instant happiness… instant joy….OH MY GOSH? Could it be that I could give up scrubbing toilets and breaking my back for hours. And my dream door cracked open…
And, 14 years later, here I am in my own gallery, with literally 1000’s of “MY” happy paintings hanging in homes all over the world! WOW!
It is because of great customers like you, who continue to share my deep spiritual purpose & passion to uplift the human spirit, give inspiration and bring hope to the world! It is for you that can I continue to create colorful, uplifting, emotional, energy-filled paintings… It is for you that I discover better ways to create beautiful art works that are high quality and affordable, so that I can spread the good energy that my paintings provide.
Help me Name this Untitled piece of Heart Art, that I created when I was 5 years old.
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