All people have a gift. What is done with the gift makes people divine. Creating gives me the freedom to use my gift. I am Ophelia Staton, a mixed media artist living in Creedmoor, NC. This freedom of creating is like no other I have ever experienced, and my gift is to inspire others. I paint to express myself. Each mark, scribble or stroke of my brush is a conversation between me, my materials and the substrate. I show up and begin working with no preconceived notions or ideas of the end result. I see the process of painting as a journey and I am intrigued by the unknown of where each mark or stroke will take me.