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Becoming the Art Witch

A Journey of Self-Discovery through Creativity

Since before I could even write or do much of anything, I've been drawn to art. My earliest memories are of gathering crayons and scribbling on anything I could find. At just three years old, I would proudly present my scribbles to my parents, insisting that I had drawn a puppy for my dad. While my mom saw only incoherent marks, my dad, ever the believer in my potential, affirmed that I was indeed an artist.

By the time I reached first grade, one of my paintings was selected to be displayed at the New Britain Museum of American Art. It was a defining moment that fueled my passion for artistic expression.

In third grade, while living in Santiago, Dominican Republic, my mother enrolled me in art classes at the Centro Cultural Dominico Americano. I vividly remember the bustling art studio, brimming with creativity and inspiration. Our stern teacher, though strict, instilled in us a love for the craft. Despite the occasional scolding for my embellishments on still life subjects, I relished the opportunity to learn and grow as an artist.

Jaleni the art witch painting at a park

Fast forward to high school, where I immersed myself in art at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, dedicating nearly every waking hour to honing my craft. College brought countless commissioned paintings, art exhibitions, and job opportunities—a testament to my dedication and talent.

Yet, despite my accomplishments, I struggled to embrace the title of "artist." The word felt weighty, laden with expectations of grandeur and mastery. I found myself grappling with questions that seemed insurmountable: What defines good art? How do I measure success? When do I transition from student to professional?

Artist has always felt like such a huge word, such a grand title. To me to be an artist is to be a visionary, a seer, a magician! So how can I claim such a title?

Jasleni, the art witch, in her studio, holding a fox painting

This relentless questioning and picking at my identity is something I've tortured myself with for years across nearly everything I did. I really had to overcome limiting beliefs.

Throughout my artistic journey, I've encountered numerous limiting beliefs that threatened to stifle my creativity and undermine my confidence. I've wrestled with the fear of not being "good enough" or original enough, comparing myself to others and feeling inadequate. But I've come to realize that these beliefs are merely illusions—barriers erected by self-doubt and insecurity. I've learned to silence the inner critic and embrace imperfection as part of the creative process. By challenging these limiting beliefs and reframing them as opportunities for growth, I've unlocked new levels of creativity and authenticity in my work. As artists, we must confront our fears head-on, trusting in our unique voice and vision. Only then can we fully unleash our creative potential and make a meaningful impact on the world.

Today, I proudly proclaim: I am an artist. Yet, I am also so much more—a creative soul, a writer, a medium, a channel for inspiration. I am a member of a vibrant community of witches, a daughter of Dominican and Afro-Caribbean heritage, and a lover of all things mango.

In embracing the title of "Art Witch," I reclaim my identity and celebrate the multifaceted nature of my being.

I am committed to using my creative talents for healing and transformation, whether through paintings, oracle decks, or coaching services. My journey is one of self-discovery and empowerment, and I invite you to join me as we explore the boundless possibilities of artistic expression.

So will you join me? How do you want to make magick together? Click here to learn more about my offerings.


The Art Witch, Jasleni, laughing with big smile

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