Jolene Windmiller
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Living to Create

Jolene Windmiller

I was born to create. In the past I practiced my creativity mainly through music. I have been a songwriter and a performing musician since 1994. Some of the more notable venues where I performed are Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem,  John & Peter’s in New Hope, The Grape Street Pub in Manayunk, The Tin Angel in Philadelphia and The Bethlehem Musikfest. My self titled CD was streamed live at Golden Flash Radio in Belgium and played on Sleepy Hollow WXPN Philadelphia. I had the oppertuntiy to do live studio performances with WEEU Reading, WXLV Lehigh Carbon College, WDIY Allentown, and BCTV's Acoustic Roadshow. The musical element in me will always be maintained but I felt the need to try something new and branch out to visual art.

I started painting in February of 2015. This inspiration, or should I say, NEED to paint, came after spending seven years of studying nursing in college and working in a hospital. I desperately needed to exercise my creative side. My brain was overloaded with heart attacks, strokes and all other tragic medical conditions that exist. I had to paint or else I was going to completely loose my mind. After I started to paint I began to write music that went with the paintings. This was not intentional. It just happened naturally. It was as if my paintings wanted to communicate by using as many senses as possible. 

In the beginning my favorite paintings were portraits painted with oils. My original goal was to paint like a realist but to always maintain some type of fantasy element. I can not truly say that anymore because my paintings are evolving in ways that I have never expected to see. I am finding freedom in painting abstract pieces that are full of movement and color. I am finding a love for watercolors even though I disliked them at first. I believe that painting only what our eyes can see is boring. I am almost manic with the images that come to my mind. I have a passion to put all of these images on canvas. My hands can not keep up with my head and that is what keeps me inspired.

I am always searching for my optimal self and that lead me to a lifestyle change. I became vegan in 2017 (cold turkey). I was a strict vegan, but after seven months I decided to add seafood into my diet. I felt I was lacking protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and B12. I found it difficult to get these nutrients from a strict vegan diet. Adding seafood to my diet also gave me more culinary options. Now of course, I can not call myself a vegan anymore. I have heard the term “seagan” but I’m not sure how I feel about that since being vegan has just as much to do with ethics as it does with health. I prefer to call myself a plant-based eater with the occasional addition of seafood. I have always been a foodie and becoming plant-based has only heightened my love for food. A plant-based diet is cleansing not only for the body, but also for the mind and spirit. A healthy diet can reverse disease and help you live a longer, happier life. I have been having so much fun in the kitchen and I feel the need to share my culinary creations. I am excited to be posting recipes in addition to posting art and music. 

I will continue to create art, music and recipes as long as I am alive. I hope the inspirations in my mind never run dry. I hope to refine my painting skills and blow my mind with what comes out. I want to share my paintings, music, and food with others. I want all of this to conjure up feelings that inspire people and make life more exciting.