Meet Ohio Artist & Writer, EA Bussey.
Born in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, Elizabeth Ann has lived across the United States. Be it barefoot in the Florida sand or skiing in the Rocky Mountains, she has always been drawn to the beauty and mysteries of nature. She enjoys all seasons of the year, but especially likes spring and summer when she can spend more time outdoors enjoying the bountiful gifts of creation.
Her interests in art and writing began in childhood with hours spent detailing coloring book pages and writing poetry. Creative interests in the arts, music and writing continued throughout high school and into college. She graduated in 1985 from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
After receiving her degree, she worked as a photographer and graphic artist in Denver and New York, but she soon realized that even a dream job in a Manhattan agency couldn’t squelch her dream of being a wife and mother. Though offered a position as Art Director, she chose a simpler life in the mountains; where she soon married and began her 25 year career as a stay-at-home mom.
While raising her family, she continued her art education as a member of The Society of Decorative Painters. Through seminars and conventions she was blessed to study under artists from around the world. In 1998 she began teaching art to children and adults in her home studio and has continued to teach both at privately and in her community.
Pen and paper have always been another creative outlet for EA What began in her youth as a simple recording of life’s daily events, became in adulthood a means for healing through loss.
In 1995 she attended the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference as a walk in registrant and began to consider the possibility of writing beyond her personal journals. But it wasn’t until 10 years later when she attended her second conference with The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers, that she began to take the calling seriously.
It was 2006 when she entered and was awarded first place for her devotional in a new writers’ contest; words penned once again from a place of healing and inspired by the beauty of a wintry day. “Wintry Beauty” was published in The Upper Room Devotional Magazine in 2008. She has also written for Loew Cornell and Memory Makers Magazine.
And the Journey continues…
After nearly 30 years of mothering and tending to the home, Elizabeth Ann is now the mother of 4 grown children and is returning full time to her creative endeavors. Though her specialty is acrylic painting, her interests are as diverse as the mediums available. She enjoys spending time in her studio, teaching and sharing her creative discoveries on her blog at Live, Create, Inspire.
She and her husband have just entered the empty-nest years, but are happy to have all of their children and grandchildren nearby. They enjoy spending the winters reading by the warmth of the wood-stove and working on puzzles. In the summer they can be found tending to their organic garden or working on their never-ending home improvement projects.