The day that I sat down to begin writing, ‘Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist’, I had received a blaring sign that I was, in fact, in the midst of emotional anguish. A woman I have the utmost respect for brought to my attention via a text message that I had been behaving in a manner that didn’t represent my best, true, self. I realized that my intuition and judgment had been so clouded by sadness and anxiety that I wasn’t aware that my spirit was being consumed by grief.
I was in Austin, sitting in the Schlotzky’s just south of Lady Bird Lake, when I received the text message that both shocked and awakened me. Through the most graceful and forgiving words, I realized how dark of a place I had been in. I needed to figure out how to get out of it. With tears rolling down my cheeks, I set my sandwich aside, took my laptop out of my bag and began to type furiously. I had no idea where my words would take me, but before I knew it, I had written Part I of ‘Sketches from the Heart of a Texas Artist’.
Finally understanding that I was dealing with something that needed to be addressed through introspection, I dedicated my healing process to writing and illustrating this story. Each step of this process has led me closer and closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. I embraced this story head-on and followed my character, Mona Lamar, as she took me on a tumultuous journey toward self actualization.
Each salt scrubbed and hand-painted map in this collection represents a location Mona Lamar is drawn to in her travels as well as the travels’ of the people she encounters. Each piece of jewelry is inspired by each setting. Being an influencer in Dallas’s Design District, Mona Lamar pays close attention to the styles and fashions worn by those she connects with throughout her adventures… I invite you to take a step into Mona's world of waves and tides and endlessness.