"Magis is everywhere. It's a beautiful world if you let it be."
Born in Lexington, KY and raised in Georgetown, KY, Anessa Arehart is a Kentucky woman steeped in quiet reverence for the beauty and tangible magic of her home state. After graduating from The University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Media and Painting, Anessa spent the next 20 years building a name for herself as an artist and a community builder in Louisville and surrounding areas. Her pop-folk block prints and paintings often address the sacred vibrational language of the natural world and have been exhibited in high profile galleries amassing an impressive list of enthusiastic collectors and commissioned portrait patrons. Numerous magazine feature articles, interviews, and cover stories further spread her personal brand of art and nature creating a following that now reaches far and wide.
Generous with her time and her talent, Anessa is a natural connector of people, founding and organizing multiple festivals and events at Little Wing Hollow Art and Nature Retreat in Harrodsburg, Kentucky’s rustic wilderness. Nestled in the heart of rolling bluegrass hills, this is where she works, lives, creates, and brings people together for the purpose of appreciating art and promotion of outdoor, off grid, educational experiences.
A living example of the power of nature's ability to heal, she left Louisville in 2013 following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and relocated full time to Little Wing Hollow in pursuit of healing through a slow-paced, intentional mindfulness practice she created called, “finding everyday magic.” Anessa’s affinity for networking and sharing her personal narrative through creativity has now expanded her following to include trauma survivors and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as art lovers.
Previously undiscovered personal artistry through nature photography led her to finding her voice as an author, recently publishing her first book, Finding Everyday Magic, A Journey of Hope and Healing Through Nature. This healing phototherapy book features over 500 color photographs taken on daily mindfulness walks that helped her successfully navigate the dark waters of post TBI life and rediscover an ember of hope within herself. Accompanying beautiful photos is her personal trauma recovery story told with open-hearted honesty, vulnerability, and guidance for others that are in need. Tips and suggestions help readers develop their own personal practices to facilitate healing far beyond TBI, including releasing negative thought patterns and anxiety through neuroplasticity and resetting internal rhythms through quiet immersion and observation of nature.
Today, Anessa Arehart lives her philosophy wholeheartedly and passionately. Her mission is sharing her journey of profound self-healing through writing, painting, and nature-centric events with the simple and earnest goal of changing the lives of others for the better.