The Legendary Artist
"Tell me about a legendary artist?" . . . he asked.
Her eyes began to light up with excitement, as she began to tell her favorite story about her legendary superhero.
When I was a child, I watched as he created pieces of art, that would begin to form and morph into objects that mimicked real life.
Solid pieces of wood, started from jagged edges to smooth curves, and straight lines.
Hand stretched canvas, that wrapped around cedar frames, held the brush strokes of images, including wildlife, still life, and portraits.
"Tell me how you know what the object wants to be? . . . I would ask.
His deep blue eyes, looking into my soul, would twinkle when he would laugh and reply . . .
"Your heart will show you."
- Reflections from Malisa J. Werner
Malisa J. Werner is a gifted visionary artist, who is also a working mother and educator of children. While growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, she was exposed to various cultures, giving her the inspiration to constantly reinvent herself.
At a young age she discovered her artistic gift and felt honored to be under the tutelage of her grandmother and father. With constant guidance, she was able to apply her knowledge to capitalize upon multiple advantages that arouse. Finally, after years of hard work she graduated with a BA in Art from the University Nevada Las Vegas.
Malisa continues to produce fantastic art, and operate her entrepreneurial venture Ashes Through Beauty.
Kelly A. Watts is the President & Founder of MiW, LLC (Make it Work). As a former educator, he brings over three decades of experience creating and delivering curricula, at both the pre-college and college level. He holds a Master of Professional Studies degree from New York Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College.
He has conducted training workshops with/for Berkeley College, Fordham University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York Theological Seminary, Rising Hope, Inc. (CMHSP), Per Scholas, The Osborne Association, U.S. Department of Probation (SDNY), Council for Unity, and many other institutions in NYC.
While in New York, Kelly was active in many working groups, committees, and roundtables throughout the city. He intends to be just as active, as an entrepreneur, in the community affairs of Tampa Bay.