Candis Ladenburg


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  — Howard Thurman

That quote pretty much sums up what prompted me to start creating art on a regular basis. With so much negativity and turmoil going on in the world over the past few years, I felt like I needed to do something positive, something from my heart, and something I truly love. I needed to come alive. I NEEDED to create art.

I’ve always been an artist, although I haven’t been professionally trained (instead I got a degree in Zoology and Ecology and worked with animals for several years before making art my primary focus).

I truly believe that creating art is what I am meant to do and I am on a mission to do what I can to put positivity into the world. To make people smile. To spark joy. To bring more color and whimsy into our lives. Because life is short, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously (and neither should art), and it desperately needs us to focus on the good.

I have always loved working with paper and began to paint several years ago. When I discovered the world of mixed media art where I could combine the two I was hooked and often combine the two in my work. I love layering papers and paint to create lots of texture and of course, I love using as much color as possible. I am also an avid reader and am very inspired by well-written words and quotations. Often, the inspiration of my art comes first from the words.

I spend my days finding and creating joy in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my incredible husband, two awesome teenage sons, a sweet old cat and one complicated little dog. Thanks for stopping by!