I'm Lauren DeGregorio, born and raised in England.
I had the wonderful opportunity of living in Geneva, Switzerland for 2 years where I learned so much about other cultures and the importance of having an open mind. I then moved to the States in September 2001 where I met my husband, started a family and settled in our forever home on Cape Cod.
I always enjoyed art growing up, but always thought of it as fun, and nothing serious. I was re-introduced to art as a way of Therapy in Mclean Hospital during one of my mental health breakdowns in 2009.
A few years ago I started painting faces, which then led to painting rocks; when looking for a way to seal the rocks, my husband introduced me to resin, and now I combine my love of acrylic paints with resin and other mixed media.
As a long-time preschool teacher, and a "Life is Good" Certified Playmaker, I was always taught to create an "O'playsis" in the classroom - a safe, calm and comforting Oasis-type play space. My set up was a cozy colorful canvas tee-pee (that I won from Life is Good) decorated with sparkly lights and pillows.
Now that I am out of the education field, I still believe as an adult it is so important to create your own Oplaysis;
whether it be a reading nook, a zen-den, or a space that brings you peace and makes you happy.
It is my pleasure to create handcrafted art to bring joy to those spaces and spread awareness about Mental Health.
All pieces are created uniquely, please follow the care-instructions in order to care for your items properly.
In the event that you are not satisfied, please message me and I will do my best to rectify the situation.
With any art, some pieces may have minor imperfections.
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Welcome! Thanks for checking out my website. I am not taking orders at this time, as I restock for upcoming events. You can find me at Kiya Marie by the Sea on August 14th, and Live.Love.Local Fest on September 26th. Feel free to browse products in the meantime or check out my Facebook/Instagram for latest works in progress!
Enjoy your day ~ Namaste ✌🏻