Whether this moment is happy or not depends on you. It's you that makes the moment happy. It's not the moment that makes you happy. With mindfulness, concentration and insight, any moment can become a happy moment. Happiness is an art.

-Thich Nhat Hahn


Hi I'm Colette. I am an artist.

I love to paint. It lets me express my deep self - the inner self that is silent and seeks a voice. I am also a photographer and I use my lens to feel connected to the silence of nature. It is here I feel free. The beauty and spaciousness of nature nurture my soul. I practice mindfulness and use affirmations to stay true to my creative vision.

Poetry touches me deeply and you will find poems from others that nourish me stored here, where I can visit them anytime and be reminded of who I am. I find that when I go to work I have very little time for painting or mindfulness practices so this poetry grounds me and steers me home.

 I love to gather leaves, shells and flowers and to be near the sea and rivers. I am a mother of two adult children and two cats. I work full time as a school teacher teaching English to students from non-English speaking backgrounds and it keeps me very busy.