Courtney Einhorn, 30, remembers her passion for art since she was in preschool.
Growing up, she always made art her class elective, but when she went to college, she chose speech therapy as her career path.
In December 2013, Einhorn took a three-month break from her job as a speech therapist, looking to figure out what she wanted to pursue for her future. One day, while at her mother’s house, she picked up a paintbrush and canvas and began to paint. After that, she never stopped.
“For the past 30 years I’ve been focusing on [painting] for a few months and then completely stopping and then always going back to it,” Einhorn said. “I fell in love with it again, and I decided to do this every day and it makes me so happy.”
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With a painting style — inspired by Romero Britto — which she describes as colorful, bold and abstract, she painted a group of 30 pieces and began submitting them to art festivals and galleries hoping to receive feedback for her work. Shortly after, she got responses from local galleries, and invitations to art showcases in Miami and Broward counties started flowing in.
Since 2014, Einhorn has participated in the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Las Olas Arts Festival, Model Volleyball and Artopia, among other events. On New Year’s Eve 2015, she was selected as the artist to do a live painting during Pitbull’s concert in Bayside.
She has also donated paintings to the American Heart Association, Shane Battier’s Take Charge Foundation, The Children’s Resource Fund and Miami Children’s Museum.
“Everything is so different, but all so exciting at the same time,” Einhorn said. “It’s just a lot of opportunity which I didn’t realize at the very beginning.”
Her art is inspired by her childhood experiences and growing up in South Miami, as well as her mood while she develops each piece, with many integrating sailboats, palm trees, peacocks and color-filled patterns with splatters of neon.
Einhorn who divides her time as a speech therapist for geriatrics at nursing homes and a painter, believes art is the therapy to her inner child.
“I love children and I think art is the child in me being creative and being free and being my own boss and doing whatever I want with the paint,” she said.
She wants to mesh parts of her two professions and work with children, but Einhorn’s main goal is to fully end up pursuing solely her passion: art.
“[With speech therapy] I have to be perfect, and with art it’s what I want to do on my own terms, on my own thoughts, and I think that’s the main change and the main difference between the two,” Einhorn said. “Art is what makes me the happiest.”
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