“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world” – Brené Brown
I am Jackie Barragan! I have been happily married for 22 years to the love of my life and we have two beautiful children. I am a full-time mom to my 14-year old son and seven-year-old daughter. Being a mom is all I ever wanted, and I am so blessed to be living my dream.
I have always been a creative, crafty person but never had an inclination of any kind toward art. I never thought I could draw or paint nor did I have an interest in learning.
In 2013, thanks to a friend, I discovered the liberating joy of Mixed Media Art Journaling. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew one thing for sure: I loved it! What started out as just fun experiment turned into my passion and life’s purpose.
One of the best feelings while doing Mixed Media Art is that it’s okay to make mistakes, to be messy, and to be imperfect. It’s the best medicine and cure for this recovering perfectionist.
I create with love, compassion, and the desire to make something beautiful and meaningful. I call myself an Inspirationalist because most of my art contains inspiring words and messages that evolve directly from my heart and soul.
Before I found my love of art, I discovered my courage. As I was wrapping up four consecutive years of therapy, I felt like I was graduating and wrote a “commencement” speech reflecting on who I was when I started therapy and who I had become four years later. The characteristic I had developed through the hard work of therapy that stood out above all others was “courage”. I realized that I had courage like I had never had before; courage to stand in my truth; to be authentic; to follow my heart; to trust my inner wisdom; and to let go and heal from my past. From that point forward, whenever I am confronted with something scary, I tell myself “I have courage.” It has become my life’s mantra.
I believe that creating art is very healing and sharing it with others takes courage. My hope is that I will help others heal and inspire courage in them through my art.
I love the idea of someone finding resonance and meaning with one of my pieces. The thought of my art being on display in someone’s home feels like a huge gift to me. It is a privilege to be able to spread my heartfelt messages through art.
Thank you so much for being here and for sharing in my creative journey!