Born and raised in a small cabin without electricity or running water in the wilderness of the inside passage of Southeast, Alaska. The isolation of island life fueled Wrenna’s young imagination. But in 2010, off the coast of California, working as a deckhand on a commercial squid fishing boat, a near fatal accident left her with a blood clot in her brain,a traumatic brain injury, chronic fibromyalgia, and a near complete loss of identity. The accident that nearly killed her, however, was the spark that blossomed into the artistic passion that is now the motivating force in her life.
Wrenna’s memories slowly began to re-turnover the years, by dint of hard work, inpatient neuro-rehabilitation, determination, a positive attitude, old photos, and Facebook. She continues to reclaim her identity, thanks to good doctors, a healthy lifestyle, a great support group, and hard work. Her loss has bloomed into a beautiful view of what “magic” really means. Her second chance at life brought with it a thirst to paint and recreate her vision with meaning and transparency. She embraces the good fortune and the blessing that it is to be alive and to have a blank canvas to start over on.
To relearn who she was, Wrenna studied painting with masters of modern visionary art and surrealism in Los Angeles, Australia, Vienna, Italy and Mexico. This work connected her to a new perspective on life and to an understanding of the visions, dreams, and empathic gifts awakened in her through her trauma. Making art again has been healing for Wrenna; she couldtnt remember how to paint or draw, along with more mundane activities.
She now sees life with a transcendental, vibrational perspective. The dimensions her brain injury have opened her up to have been awakening, inspiring and bizarre. She is inspired constantly by her visions and an enhanced sensitivity that affects how she experiences the world. She has turned these gifts into a living engine of recovery and creativity. She has been interviewed and featured on the Love and Light podcast,
speaking on empowerment through loss and suffering. Her short film documentary, “Fire & amp; Ice,” won several awards at the LA Movie awards in 2013. She is also a budding motivational speaker for the brain injury community, stroke survivors, and other groups.
Her goal is to help children and adults open their minds to their imagination as a means of meditation, escape and healing. She looks forward to teaching healing visionary art workshops, to continue to do murals around the world, and to help others heal and believe in themselves.