Meet the Artist
Maria Grace Grullon
SIMPLY GRACE CREATES ART
Born in Portugal, arrived in New Jersey with my parents as a 2 year old…and for as long as I can remember, I have always been a creative soul. As a young child, I spent most days drawing, coloring, sewing, crocheting, reading books playing school and creating, always dreaming of being an artist, as well as a teacher.
As I became a young adult, life took me on a different path back then and my focus became attaining a career right out of high school. I pursued a business degree in legal assisting, married, bought a home and eventually welcomed a family, two daughters. Although, I was happy with my life’s choices in life, I was always longing to spend more time on “artistic endeavors” never losing sight of my dream to become an artist as well as an educator.
It was during a very dark time in my life, as I struggled with a chronic illness at an early age, that left me incapacitated for several years, and while raising my young girls, that I rediscovered my passion for art. My treating doctor suggested that I take a “class”, join a book club or volunteer for my mental health while dealing with my illness. I applied to the local community college where I lived in New Jersey, and took my very first studio art classes. I found solace in being involved in an art community and it helped me through the healing process. I embraced my love of art and my desire to teach, which led me to pursue an Early Childhood degree, one class at a time. I participated in art shows, exhibits at local art groups while in New Jersey.
I moved to Florida in 2003 and have lived in Palm Coast. I attended Daytona State College where I graduated finally with an Associates of Arts. Over the years, I have worked in different administrative positions, as well as an Early Childhood Educator, VPK teacher, most recently as a Curriculum Director for a local early childhood program. Throughout my years in Florida, I have been involved in teaching children’s art, as well as have been a member of the Flagler County Art League, and most recently, the Gallery of Local Art (GOLA). During this challenging past year, being home 24/7 I decided it is now or never and have pursued my passion of painting full-time! I consider myself a self-taught artist-- an oil painter, however, this past year I have embraced gouache painting which has become a favorite medium of mine. I am grateful for being a “Creative”, and am enjoying the journey of life, wherever it takes me….
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