About Me

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” — Paulo Coelho


I was born on the Caribbean island of Antigua, and at an early age my favorite things were being in nature, running around in the sunshine, reading and drawing – in that order. My mom remembers me being in awe of and always instantly comforted by the sound of the surf as a baby.


As I grew up I was curious about many different subjects, I initially wanted to be an engineer, but ended up majoring in Computer Science and Accounting at university. This choice of major led me into the world of public accounting and I worked for three of the “Big Four” accounting firms over the first ten years of my career.


Eventually I transitioned into the hospitality industry as a finance executive and then became a management executive in the telecommunications field. My career path allowed me to do some Caribbean island hopping and I lived and worked in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia. During my stint in St Lucia, in 2013, I had the honor of leading my company to winning the Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Company of the Year’ award, and I am proud to have been awarded ‘Corporate Leader of the Year’.


After turning 40 in 2015, I felt a certain dissatisfaction that led me to quit my job and move back to Antigua, although I was quickly hired for another corporate position, it would be short-lived. I had met the love of my life, Laurent, and decided to say goodbye to the Caribbean and my career to join him in France, where we married.

In 2017, two months after moving to a new city and beginning to settle into my new role as a housewife, I decided on a whim to try my hand at a daily art project. I started with colored pencils and watercolors, disciplining myself to make one piece of art a day. I found myself drawn to faces, and when I tried my painting with acrylics, it felt like I’d come home. It felt like I had found the dream I never even knew I had been dreaming.


Now making art is my passion and has become my full-time new career. I paint vibrant portraits and other artworks in a contemporary expressive style.


So… what’s your dream?

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You have opened up an insight to my knowledge that I never knew existed – Thank you once, more. I am highly interesting in reading more of your works.

    Best regards,


  2. Dear Ms. Martin,

    Thank you for recommending my book, A Century of Wisdom.

    Can you help celebrate Alice’s 109the birthday this Monday, November 26, 2012 and throughout December with another mention of my book? In honor of Alice’s 109th birthday,I am donating all proceeds from the sale of A Century of Wisdom to the Alice Herz-Sommer Scholarship Fund at the Music Academy of Jerusalem where Alice taught for 37 of her happiest years.

    The Music Academy of Jerusalem is a world-class music conservatory and the tuition is only 9,000 sheckles or $2,500 per years. The Alice Herz-Sommer Fund can provide for many young artists who cannot afford the tuition to conservatories in New York or London. Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Brofman and numerous other illustrious musicians began their studies at the Music Academy of Jerusalem.

    With gratitude for your interest,
    Caroline Stoessinger
    212 799-6086

  3. Great blog! I came across your name on Twitter… then on Pinterest… Very nice blog… Nicely & elegantly done Pinterest boards.

    1. Thanks very much for your comment, Marcus! It is a rare treat coming from someone with so many years of experience as a speaker and trainer! 🙂

  4. Hi Joya – I just read your Emerson quotes to my mom (Betsy Manchester) and now she wants to follow your blog so I’m setting her up. Thanks!! Sue

    1. Thanks, Sue! Welcome Betsy, I’m so happy to have you on board! You raised a wonderful daughter! 🙂

  5. well…what have we here? 🙂

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