I’m Lauren Watt, founder of Lauren’s Easel, and I'm a 21-year-old Christian seeking to find, create, and share beauty.
Over 7.5 years ago, when I was just 14, I became severely ill and disabled with Babesia odocoilei and Bartonella, tick-borne infections. Most of those years I was bedridden, suffering from symptoms including severe fatigue, brain fog, headaches, pain, nausea, fevers, the list goes on… I still struggle with many symptoms today, but I am slowly healing and am no longer completely bedridden.
Why I Started Lauren's Easel
During my sickest years, I was hardly able to do anything, except sometimes look outside my window or look at pretty pictures on cards I'd received. I also frequently did Google image searches — looking at pictures was my attempt to find some beauty and to think about things that were lovely, pure, and admirable, when my thoughts could easily slip into despair in a body that felt like a prison cell.
Then in 2020, I began to regain some strength and mental focus, and my parents gifted me with color pencils so that I could draw in bed. Draw I did, and much of my inspiration came from the pictures I'd spent hours looking at before. And this year, I’ve gained even more energy for creating beauty — I now spend hours every week on my art.
My vision for creating and sharing art at Lauren's Easel is perfectly summed up in this L.M. Montgomery quote from Anne of Avonlea:
"I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily. ... "I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me. . .to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born."
With my art, I desire to add beauty to your life and the lives of those you love. And by purchasing from my store you'll also be blessing me as all profits go to my medical GoFundMe campaign as I continue my journey to wellness.