I’m McKella Sawyer; an artist, writer, bookworm, wisdom junkie, creative healing enthusiast and wife living in Orem, Utah. I also love dark chocolate with sea salt, climbing trees, and rock and roll. In fact, I’m rocking out to AC/DC at this very moment.

I’ve been an artist all my life. I spent most of my imaginative childhood either outside pretending I was Pocahontas or a mermaid, or inside writing stories and sketching surreal scenes with colored pencils. I’m inspired by the seasons, trees, nature and beautiful landscapes, light, celestial bodies, ancient cultures, emotions and creative healing.

All my life, I’ve used art as means of expression during challenges. I truly believe that art heals the soul because it helps us understand ourselves and deal with emotions that we may not know how to handle otherwise. I’ve found that both creating art and being surrounded by it enhances my life, and I’d love the share that experience with you.

Each piece of art is the result of a lesson I’ve learned (or that I’m learning), an emotion or positive shift in my life. I feel that these experiences are universal, and I’d love for my art to serve as beautiful, positive reminders of these messages.

In the spirit of authentic and creative blogging, Handprint Soul has evolved a lot with me during its life. This is my space to share the lessons I learn, my struggles, and the pieces of my life that end up in my creations. Our souls are as unique as our handprints, and this little corner of the internet is a piece of mine.

Leave a comment and tell me about yourself, I’d love to meet you!
  1. Ooh cute new blog! Not that your old one wasn’t cute as well 🙂 🙂

  2. I just discovered your blog from a comment you left on another blog. Which blog, I can’t remember!

    I love the name of your blog and your entries. I’m enjoying receiving email updates.

    I started keeping a list of where the bloggers I read are from so I can place them in my mind. I traveled all the lower 48 states so I’m pretty familiar with the U.S. which makes it fun when reading blogs from all over.

    I see you’re from Utah. Ironically, I was born and spent part of my childhood in Salt Lake City, out in Granger. Well, nowadays it’s called West Valley City. My family is from Kansas, so I spent the rest of my childhood in NE Kansas. I went back to SLC for high school and I graduated from Westminster College before taking off for San Francisco and New York and so on.

    Thanks for the welcome!

    • That’s awesome! I love Salt Lake, because it’s city enough to feel like a city but it’s still close to the country. You can drive twenty minutes in any direction and be out in the open. And it’s beautiful! And thanks for the great comments, they mean so much to me!

  3. Hi McKella!

    I just found your blog via Caitlin’s – as soon as I saw you’re a fellow writer, I had to check out your site – and wanted to wish you the very best of luck with your novel 🙂 I hope the editing is going well!!

  4. I love this idea and how goal-oriented and driven you are! what a positive thing!

  5. Wisdom lets your mind see your heart. -Saxtus.

  6. You really like salt, huh :D?
    (salt lake and sea salt chocholate hahaha)

  7. I nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. Not sure if you’ve been nominated before…but wanted you to know I enjoy your blog!

  8. Oh…and I took my first art class today!

  9. MakeSomethingMondays

    I have been given The Kreativ Blogger Award and I am happy to be passing it on to you! Visit my post for direction 🙂 http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/the-kreativ-blogger-award/

  10. Is the Hand Print with the swirl your own work? if so do you mind if I use it for my poster for a school group I’m forming that will do youth group type things to help kids if they’re overwhelmed with school or life or if they just need someone to talk to or come listen to music and pray.

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