It is almost 13 years ago that I moved from Philadelphia to Garnet Valley, a suburb located near Chadds Ford, Pa. Chadds Ford is known as Wyeth Country, and little did I know at the time what an impact this would have on my life.
Since I was a little girl, I had a dream of becoming an artist so as soon as I moved to Garnet Valley, I signed up for art classes with Karl J. Kuerner, a leading Brandywine artist, who was mentored by Andrew Wyeth, and my dream began to take flight.
As a child, three things I loved to do were draw, dream (day dreams and night dreams) and read and look at illustrations in children’s books. A few weeks into taking classes with Karl, I had this vivid dream. I dreamt that Karl and I both wrote children’s books and were doing book signings together. I excitedly told Karl about the dream and he looked at me like I had 5 heads and said, “Christine, you are crazy!” However, the dream was so clear and detailed that I knew in my heart would one day come true.
Well in 2011, Karl published his first book Ike at Night and in 2014, I published A Dream Inside. Interestingly, both books encourage the pursuit of one’s dreams no matter what your age. Both books are available through Cedar Tree Books. In 2015, Karl and I started doing book signings together. I held the vision of that special dream I had many, many nights ago and took small steps to help make this dream come true.
Karl and I are also available for author visits to share our books, art, history and the importance of listening to your heart, following your dreams, both night and day and lighting the fire within.
“If you can dream it … you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney
“Education is not the filling of a vessel … but the lighting of a fire.”