This year we were asked to be featured artists. I spent all Saturday morning with my darling in-laws creating this "little" Mermaid. Somehow I was talked into creating a mermaid this year...it was a stretch, let me tell ya!
I was born in 1980 in Salt Lake City. Art and mermaids have been a lifetime love of mine. I started drawing when I was very young and it came very easily to me. Through junior high and high school I kept drawing, but never took it too seriously I ended up graduating from Westminster College (www.westminstercollege.edu) in 2003 with a B.A. in Art and Education with a minor in Special Education. A year later I returned and received my M.Ed. in December of 2005. When I decided to return to school for my masters degree I began selling my art to help pay for my schooling. I wanted to paint something that was fun and relieved stress, so the mermaids came and have not stopped. I have just been so overwhelmed with the response to my artwork. My art has been spread throughout the world. I enjoy hearing the many stories of what adventures my artistic creations have had. I have my art hanging everywhere from baby nurseries to a bomb shelter in Israel. I love to work in many mediums such as clay, graphite, oil pastels, pastels, glass, and various paints, but I still find watercolor to be my favorite. If I could live anywhere in the world I would have to go for Newport, Oregon. Anyone who has been there will know why. I hope to keep creating forever. I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband Bryan and our daughter Erin. It is there I also teach others to find their own creative way in the world of art. Thank you all for helping me fulfill my dreams of being an artist! -Camille Grimshaw