Meet EA Bussey:
Born in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, Elizabeth Ann has lived across the United States. Be it barefoot in the Florida sand or skiing in the Rocky Mountains, she has always been drawn to the beauty and mysteries of nature. She enjoys all seasons of the year, but especially likes spring and summer when she can spend more time outdoors enjoying the bountiful gifts of creation.
Her interests in art and writing began in childhood with hours spent detailing coloring book pages and writing poetry. Creative interests in the arts, music and writing continued throughout high school and into college. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Denver in 1985.
After receiving her degree, she worked as a photographer and graphic artist in Denver and New York, but she soon realized that even a dream job in a Manhattan agency couldn’t squelch her dream of being a wife and mother. She turned down an offer to become the agency Art Director, returned to the mountains, married, and soon began a 25 year career as a stay-at-home mom.
While raising her family and home-schooling her children, she continued her art education as a member of The Society of Decorative Painters and was blessed to study under artists from around the world. In 1998 she began teaching art to children and adults in her home studio. She has also taught for community cooperatives and currently teaches over 200 students from Kindergarten to 5th Grade as an elementary art teacher.
Pen and paper have always been another creative outlet for Elizabeth Ann. What began in her youth as a simple recording of life’s daily events, became in adulthood a means for surviving loss and a tool for spiritual growth.
In 1995 she attended the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference as a walk in registrant and began to consider the possibility of writing beyond her personal journals. But it wasn’t until 10 years later when she attended her second conference with The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers, that she began to take the calling seriously.
It was 2006 when she entered and was awarded first place for her devotional in a new writers’ contest; words penned once again from a place of healing and inspired by the beauty of a wintry day. “Wintry Beauty” was published in The Upper Room Devotional Magazine in 2008. She has also written for Loew Cornell and Memory Makers Magazine.
When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time in her studio, working in her garden or writing for her blog at Live, Create, Inspire.