Sarah’s Reef shells provide healing for artist, others

Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 08:00 AM.

Some of her pieces carry uplifting phrases, or simple reminders to “Live, Love, Laugh.” Some are vibrantly eye-catching and some are playfully whimsical. They come in a rainbow of colors and patterns on a variety of shells and shell fragments.

For the artist, the shells don’t have to be flawless to carry her designs. In fact, she loves to breathe “new life” into broken or marred shells, which could stand as a metaphor for her own existence.

“They don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful and interesting,” she said, pointing to lessons in the power of positivity she has learned firsthand, that no matter how defeated one feels, the right outlook can help one “keep on going.”

Stewart also shares her message of healing in other mediums, using acrylics for serene, quiet paintings and poetry to paint a different kind of word picture.

Stewart’s artistic aplomb was not cultivated in art school; she comes by it naturally. Stewart has art in her blood, with a father who is a large-scale muralist and painter, and a grandfather who was a sought-after cartoonist. She has also passed on the artistic gene to her children, who all draw. Her eldest child makes hand-printed T-shirts sold under the moniker “Logan’s Workshop.”

Stewart has no trouble staying busy, with her children and artistic endeavors, but to add to her bustling schedule, she recently received her real estate license and the registered nurse will use her income to complete her current studies to become a nurse practioner or physician’s assistant.

“I have a lot on my plate,” she said with a smile.

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