At Canyonlands National Park

About me

Hi everyone! My name is Maura. I’m an artist with a hobby in photography, and a huge passion for travel! Experiencing other cultures, meeting new people, tasting different foods, and seeing the world has always been a dream of mine.

Even from when I was little, I was the kid who was overjoyed to get their copy of a “Children’s Atlas of the World” and sat reading in wonder at what all of these places on the map could possibly look like!

I currently work as a digital artist all day on a computer, and after enough time doing this I started feeling it’s negative affects on me. Even though technology’s great, and I love it, we weren’t meant to be staring at computer screens all day. It greatly affects our health- bad posture from sitting so much, not getting enough exercise, repetitive stress injuries-which I’ve gotten in the past too. All this becomes even more important to be aware of as we get older.

I wanted to get away from it a bit. At least in some of my free time, to do something different. So instead of always focusing on digital art, I decided to start working on traditional art mediums again. It had been a while, and I was really only somewhat experienced in acrylics, so it’s also been a fun new learning experience for me, the start of which you can read about here: Beginning an Art Journey.

In addition to art, I especially love being outdoors and hiking, surrounded by beautiful amazing landscapes. Getting outside and seeing new places gives us some variety in our lives that help us come back to the daily grind fresh and with more focus.

Even though I’ve wanted to travel since I was very young, I didn’t get the opportunity to until I got older, so it’s only been recently that I started to fulfill that dream of mine. I’m so thankful for every opportunity I get!

Places on my bucket list include:

Visit all 60 US National Parks – Some aren’t easy to get to, but I’m going to try!

Go to New Zealand – This has been on my list ever since I started watching Xena and Hercules back in the day, and then when Lord of the Rings came out… I’ve always loved nature and landscapes, and it looks like NZ has it in spades!

Visit all 7 continents – I’ve only been to North America and Europe so far, can’t wait to see the rest of the world!

About Camera & a Canvas

I feel in our technology based world it’s so important that we take some time to get away from it, go outside, and do something different! Whether that be planning a big trip for the year, small weekend getaways, or even just going for a hike in a neighboring park-or to a new place in your city or town. It doesn’t have to be far away, and it doesn’t have to be expensive!

“Variety is the spice of life, but monotony provides the groceries. We spend our lives trying to find a balance between these 2 ideas” – Nathan Fowkes

To make that visit even more fun and to DO something while there, why not bring a sketchbook with you? Or a camera? Making art and being creative gets other parts of our brains moving, and can help us relax away the daily stresses of our lives. You’ll be doing something completely different than your normal routine(well, unless you are a photographer/artist for a living already 🙂

I especially love being outdoors and hiking, surrounded by beautiful amazing landscapes, so this blog is a focus on places like that. National, State, and Local parks, but also other places I find to be neat and fun to visit as well.

So why did I start this site?

Over the years I’ve accumulated hundreds, well actually, thousands of photographs from traveling here and there, and all they do is sit collecting virtual dust on my hard drive.  I truly believe that if we’re given gifts and talents that we shouldn’t hide them or let them go to waste. If you have the opportunity to share them with others or help people in some way then try and do so. So this website and blog is my way of combining two loves of mine, art & traveling, and being able to share photos, stories, travel tips, and artwork I create with everyone, and hopefully encourage you to do the same!

Get outside and create art!

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 

–Matthew 5:14-15

Feel free to say hello anytime on Facebook, check out my photos on Instagram, and Flickr (where I post ALL my photos), or just leave me a message through this site!

 

 

Contact

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