Denise Braun-Bundy created Heartwork City, LLC in 2010.
As a mixed media artist, I wanted to do more than just paint. Healing and love are crucial parts of everyone's life journey. Heartwork City endeavors to create meaningful artwork that may be seen as a catalyst in healing.
I was professionally trained as a therapist and educator. Through many years of personal work & reflection after a painful divorce, I realized that my authentic calling and passion was within art. My first painting, "Life Began When I Fell In Love With You," flipped a 'switch' inside my heart and allowed me to start tapping into the creative spirit that I was born to be. As I continued to paint and use color and various mediums, I realized I was happiest when I was making something that connected me to my emotional self. Falling in love with my husband was also a turning point. Once shy of getting too close and being too vulnerable (after all, therapists are trained to stay 'neutral')...I decided to let love in...all the way. The questions were answered: "What would I do without fear?" and "What if love really did heal?" I soon realized that fear had been holidng me back for over 15 years. And I realized...love DOES heal. If you let it in.....every bit of it.
Although I wasn't trained professinally as an artist...it didn't hurt that I was raised by a professional artist mother. My mom, Carolyn Braun, is the pastel Diva. Her fine art was all over our house growing up. I remember as a kid, sitting at our massive kitchen table, cutting out snow flakes, tie-dying shirts, making batik and etching glass. I also remember our garage. My mom had the biggest silk-screen frames you've ever seen. I learned to know the smell of screen sealer at an early age and watched as my mom oil painted, drew & created. It was a remarkable upbringing. And I loved to draw. I drew everything I saw. Iris' in our backyard, pictures I'd see in magazines. And in my tweens...I loved to design. Clothes for my cat (!) as well as my own clothes that I learned to sew and wear to school. It's really a no-brainer that I'm here today...although my journey had a few small, and giant, bumps in the metaphorical road.
If what you see moves you, please share your story. I believe we all have a biological right to experience love in all its forms. I know and understand the importance of feeling all of our emotions, and utilizing aesthetics to help mend and repair our minds and bodies. Thank you for your interest in Heartwork City.
This is my first painting....truly inspired by love.
Just me! Pondering art and the universe...ya' know...the easy questions!!!