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Conversations with Jeana Clark

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeana Clark. 

Hi Jeana, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a creative, mental health advocate currently residing in sunny St. Petersburg. I started Hermility this year, during the start of the pandemic. It all began when I started to paint watercolor flowers while going through a period of depression and anxiety. I had never used this medium before. While painting with watercolor, it was a challenge for me I never expected, and certainly a mental exercise. No matter how hard I tried to control the final outcome, I couldn’t control every aspect of these pieces. The water flowed in its own way, to create something beautiful and unique. With this sentiment, in combination with being an advocate for mental health awareness and a woman of faith— the word ‘Hermility’ was born. Hermility(noun): when a woman chooses humility and surrenders to grace.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
A few years ago, I was going through a very difficult season, and I knew something had to change. I turned to my faith, and I started consistent therapy for the first time ever. This is when I felt a pull in my heart to move to Tampa. I did not know a single soul in the area, and it was a huge leap for me. I can now say, I know I am meant to be here. The Tampa Bay Area is where I met my husband, and where Hermility started, after all! If it were not for my struggles, Hermility may have never been created. Nor would I now be experiencing this joy and sense of purpose as I fulfill my calling.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in watercolor painting, and positive art prints. I also do custom work, both digitally and with watercolor. Overall, my hope is that my art serves as a comforting daily reminder that your uniqueness belongs while bringing your space to life. Hermility was created to be a space free of judgment and full of grace. Of course, there’s a little humor and quirkiness too! My ultimate goal is to help women who have struggled and are continuing to struggle with similar experiences—through art, conversations surrounding mental health, community, and faith. I hope you join us!

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
No matter how lost you may feel, take it one step at a time. Focus on serving, focus on your passion, and set boundaries that are good for your mental and physical health. If you need help in this area, do not be afraid to ask for it! It may be difficult, but your future self will thank you. It’s okay if timelines get pushed back, and if plans do not go exactly as you had thought they would. It’s okay to make mistakes. It simply means you are learning and certainly relatable. You are called for a purpose, and there is someone out there that has been waiting for your creation!

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