A Little About Me


I’ve got to admit, I’ve always been considered the odd one in the bunch.   🙂   I guess, I’m what they call a dreamer.   Ever since a young age, I always saw myself helping and teaching others in some way or some form.   Heck, when asked in kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up – I proudly stated at the top of my lungs “Missionary to China!”  Much has changed since then (though I still have a love for anything foreign), but my love for helping others and teaching hasn’t changed.


After graduating high school and having some rough years in college, I finally graduated with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.   Now, all I needed to do what get a job….

Yepster, get a job…

A job…

Yeah, when I graduated it was the worst hiring freeze for teachers in my state.   Ugh!  Time to go back to the drawing boards – I had to humiliatingly move back in with my parents and seek employment anywhere that would hire me.  I took two jobs – a tutoring job and a job working with 2 year olds at a daycare.  Both were challenging, but I absolutely loved them.  For nearly 3 years I worked both of those jobs and grew my tutoring business to the point that I was working over 20 hours a week.

So why am I talking about tutoring, when I’m an artist?  

Well, I’m glad you asked.  In the summers, my tutoring and daycare jobs kind of dried up.   That’s when I had to put my special thinking cap on and find something else to pay these constant incoming bills.   My mom actually came up with the idea while I was painting in my bedroom one day.   “Why don’t you teach art?”  She said.  My first reaction was to laugh.


I had no formal training in art.  NONE!  I was completely self taught!   Who would pay to listen to my art instruction?   But….I was kind of desperate.   Money was getting tight again.     After thinking about it, I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask around.   That summer I started teaching 8 students and eventually grew to nearly 15.    Each summer, I gained more and more students and found myself loving this new business that I had created.

LIFE’s A RoLLeR CoAsTer RiDe

Life was great! Around this time, I met my husband, got married and then things took a turn for the worse.  I was working 3 jobs at the time and loved ever single one of them, but something was really off with my health.  I felt sick all the time and when I wasn’t working, I was curled up in bed with horrid pain that seemed to imprison me within my room.   I found myself depressed and so alone.   Doctors ran multiple tests and after nearly 3 years I had a diagnose   – PCOS.   I had suffered with it my entire life (though I never really knew it), but for some reason when I hit 28 it seemed to take me down for the count.  I tried diet, exercise, medicine, nothing seemed to help.


Finally, I hit my lowest, when my husband and I had to make the decision for me to leave my current jobs.  I felt my heart ripped from me.  It seemed so unfair.   Why, would God do this to me?  I would ask every night.  Wasn’t I helping people?  Wasn’t I doing good things?   Despite my questions, I will say my faith grew stronger the darker my life became.   Oh and if you didn’t catch that, I am a Christ follower.   I’ve been burned by a lot of so called good “Christian” people and I’m not cool with that.  But, those people aren’t my God.  I find myself more passionate about Him with each passing day.

Anyway, getting back to my weird life… I finally hit a point I was so low, my husband told me, “Why don’t you try painting?  You used to love painting. Better yet, film yourself painting and teach others on YouTube – similar to how you used to teach your students.”  At first, I was really turned off by the idea.  I’m more of a behind the scenes person than in front of the camera.  But, I had nothing to loose.  Might as well try…


As I poured myself into watercolor once again, everything I had learned in the past seemed to flood right back and with an even stronger force.   I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone and being comfortable to stand out as myself. As I progressed in my skills, I began to wonder

 Why couldn’t art just be a means for healing, processing who you are, and most importantly just having fun while learning through the process?


I guess that’s how all this started…me becoming a Watercolor Misfit.  And so my journey continued…now bringing me into the online world to reach out to others.  My health, I’m happy to say is better – but it’s a daily struggle and some days are better than others.  I’m still a dreamer though!  Got big plans for this new venture and excited to see the outcome!  Anyway, I’ve rambled long enough!  That’s just a short summary of my life and how I became a Watercolor Misfit.

Lots of Love



Laura Vanderbrug Vanden Akker July 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm

I just watched your Youtube video about whats going on with your health. In so sorry you are going through this, but as a Christian myself, the darkest of times is when I have also felt God working in my life, it is hard to be patient on what we are supposed to be learning through the hard times though! I will pray you will work out all the health issues good enough to get back to what you love, and eventually be symptom free!! God has blessed you with a tallent, and it is awesome you are sharring this with all of us! Take care!!

Jean September 16, 2016 at 12:39 am

I’m so sorry to know that you’ve PCOS. A woman myself, I can understand what you’re going through. Don’t lose hope. Please do give acupuncture a try. You need to find a good one, one who has very good reviews. Coupled with prayer, God willing, He can heal you. Few years ago, a friend of mine, a pharmacist lost hearing in one of her ears due to a severe viral infection. She was told that nothing can be done to restore her hearing . She then turned to acupuncture to see if it helps. After quite a few sessions, she recovered! I hope you’ll get better in His timing. Your watercolor videos are inspiring. Keep it up!

Misfit September 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

Thanks for your kind comment Jean! I’ve heard acupuncture does wonders and we have looked into it. Right now, I’m actually feeling pretty good – thanks to prayers and a change in diet and stress levels. Hopefully the worst is behind me and I can continue to do what I love. I will say God is good and I have a great support system around me – so that helps tremendously! Thanks again Jean! I’ll keep you posted 😀

Connie September 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

Just watched your ‘Death of a Dream’ video. Don’t let that be the death of all dreams. Let the others sprout and flourish. I know that when one door closes, another opens, although we may not see it at the time. Sometimes that new door has many gifts behind it if we allow ourselves to see and embrace them. Yes, grief is a cycle, just as life is. Allow yourself to go through that cycle, but permit yourself joy in other things.

Hailey Parlette September 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

I’m incredibly sorry to hear that you suffer from chronic pain and health issues. I can relate to the daily struggle of dealing with pain. I absolutely love your youtube channel and am a subscriber! Your videos are wonderful treat and I look forward each new posting! You have this energy about you, this way of speaking and being… finding out here that you are a faith keeper explains it all. It warms my heart when to know you have God in your life! He is an awesome God! I know without Him living with this pain would be almost impossible to manage. Thank you for be an inspiration and positive influence to me in my art journey. God bless!

Misfit September 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Awe! Thanks Hailey for your sweet comment! It’s been a year of up’s and down’s but I’m excited for what the future holds! God’s got this! 😀

Dana November 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Hi! I’m new to watercolor, and I wanted to come here and tell you that I love watching your videos! You explain everything so well, and your vides are so beautiful to look at! I was hoping you could answer a question for me. I currently use Cotman watercolors (both pan and tubes). Now I want to buy some professional Winsor and Newton watercolor tubes, but I’m unsure what colors I should get. Can you give me any suggestions for the colors I should start with? Thanks so much! I can’t wait for your next videos! 🙂

Misfit November 24, 2016 at 1:38 am

thanks! 🙂


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