I'm cruising through FB one day and I came across this post on a page: Hi! I’m Ayesha and I’m an artist. I’m looking for a select diverse group of humans who would be interested in being a model for a portrait collection I am beginning. A humble modeling fee will be given to those who wish to participate....
What I’m searching for:
People who have struggled to find physical beauty in themselves.
People who have struggled to find acceptance in social circles.
People who have suffered from mental or physical conditions.
People who feel they have no voice but have something to say.
This was intriguing on many levels. I was curious as to what was pulling her to these wonderfully unique individuals specifically. (p.s.- we are all wonderfully unique in our own ways)
I reached out to her as a potential subject and so that I might be able to get a face to face with her for this blog post. We messaged back and forth and set a date for coffee. What a treat! This beautiful soul is a ball of energy and intellect. It was a conversation that left me filled with information and in complete awe. Ayesha has been painting for most of her life. Her work is insightful and beautiful. Not simply what is on the outside, but exposing the uncomfortable and whatever that looks like in each individual to bring it to the surface and find the beauty in it. Her work is featured at the Darbytown Art Studio located at 241 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401.
We can consider this a trailer for what's to come. It turns out that she assigns homework to her subjects and presently....I'm working on mine! I'm excited to share this local artist and amazing woman with you. (Did I mention she's a wife, mom, and career woman as well? Stay tuned!
Hi, I’m Courtney Villarreal, Virginia girl born and raised. I relocated to Fredericksburg from Fairfax in 1993. I am a wife, a mother of two amazing boys and an entrepreneur at heart.
Event coordination, supporting others in business and lifting others, especially women is my mission.