Hi! My name is Ginger. I’d like to tell you a little about myself and how I ended up here. I was born and raised in the bayous of Louisiana hunting and fishing and loving everything that had to do with nature and the outdoors.
I followed the normal societal path of going to college, getting married, and getting a job that I would stay in for 30 years or more. After 23 years of teaching high school math in the Louisiana public school system, life continued to unfold. A divorce happened and an early retirement followed by a second marriage and a move across the state. This is when I started Gin’s Den. The day that I woke up and realized that life was passing me by! After spending years suffering with anxiety and depression, it led me to make some changes in my life. That’s when I took up painting.
I retired from teaching in 2016 and Michael and I moved to central Louisiana in a small town called Woodworth where our parents lived so we could help care for them. Between 2017 and 2018, Michael and I lost his mother, his father, and I lost my mother. It was probably the hardest time of our lives. After that, we realized we were sort of lost…our sons were all grown and out of the house and our parents were all gone. That’s when we decided to start focusing on ourselves and what we wanted out of life. We were alway mountain lovers. We got married in the mountains and yearned to be in the mountains any chance we had. So…in 2019, Michael took a job in Helena, Montana at the local Veteran’s Administrative Hospital and we moved across the country to a little town called Canyon Creek, Montana where we currently live.
I am now 50 years old and knocking on the door to 51 this month. A mother of 2 sons, ages 23 and 26, and a step-son, age 23 and in October I’ll be gaining a wonderful daughter-in-law. I am also a wife to my best friend, Michael. Michael is a 22 year combat veteran who recently retired from the Army and is now a Licensed Certified Mental Health Counselor who works with veterans at our local VA Hospital.
My passion is and always has been to help people. I find joy and feel my heart smile when I am teaching and seeing how people react to learning and finding confidence in something that they have learned.
I have always been connected to self help and striving to become a better person spiritually, mentally, and physically. I have a strong passion for keeping God as my forefront in guiding me through life. I have learned more about myself over these last three and a half years than I ever knew. I have discovered that I am a free spirit at heart.
Painting is very relaxing and fulfilling to me, and creating a special unique piece that touches my heart and yours is my passion. Not only do I paint and have a product based business (Gin’s Den Etsy Store) where I sell my art and art prints, but I also teach painting online. Join my Free Facebook Group and begin the journey of painting with me. I am hoping to share my work with you all and to create something that you fall in love with.
When I’m not working on Gin’s Den, my husband and I love to worship God and we love the outdoors…traveling, skiing, hunting, mountains, hiking, nature, yoga, barbecuing, and camping.
10% of all profits are donated to Suicide Prevention Charities.