Annette Forlenza, Merritt Island Member Since April 2017 Artist Statement Hi my name is Annette Doreen Forlenza and I was self taught by watching Ross the sweet man that has the soft voice on the little videos on (UTUBE) I would like to be a part of the wonderful world of art. I hope all of you would accept me as one of the Great artists that I have had the pleasure to see on this site. I hope you like my paintings and Photos. When I was young and growing up, I always loved to draw. This cleared my head of the many problems in my life. The art would takes me away from the problems and into another 'World'. People were constantly putting me down by telling me I could not do things right or laugh at me, When this happened My self esteem and confidence went right down the drain and these people didn't care if they hurt or damaged me . Being that I was adopted, I was feeling so alone at this time. The mental and abuse I was put through ( which I'd rather not speak about) were truly things that I would not wish upon anyone. It was then that I had gotten into painting Putting the brush on the canvas made me forget and let me live again. Being able to put my feelings on canvas was and is my own little 'Escape'. Being an artist makes me forget all of lifes frustrations and hurt that I had, which is why I fell in love with painting. Today Thanks to my husband and my Older and younger sister giving me all the support and confidence that I need I am now living a happy enjoyable life and it feels really good and I would like to say to people that have problems please surround your life with good people and you'll be ok then put your mind on something that you wanted to do that prevented you to do because of the bad that you went through it will help forget and you will feel better about your self Like I did . Knowing that one of my paintings are hanging in clients homes truly makes me feel so positive and confident in my new 'LIFE'. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND SUPPORT!