"I wish to make my audience feel what I feel when I am creating. It's not just about decorating your house with a soothing piece of art but also about opening your hearts and minds to little things that really matter."
Mona Lerch is a self-taught contemporary visual artist, artist coach, founder of Art Mums United, Women United ART PRIZE and Women United ART MOVEMENT. She is currently residing in Brno, Czech Republic.
Mona started as an abstract oil painter but her creative passions and love for experimentation led her into watercolor botanical illustration and portraits, linocut prints, collages and recently also acrylics. She uses both life and work experiences to give shape to unique pieces of artwork that are characterized by elaborate structure and layers. In her paintings, she loves to combine natural elements with geometry. Her pieces are intuitive and offer space for the viewer's imagination.
Being a nature lover and a passionate advocate of ecological lifestyle, she digs deep into her fantasy to materialize her own inner world on canvas. Her mission is to create a narrative embodying the beauty we have around us that we forget to see and to break the boundaries between the body and mind. Originally a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer, her art speaks of movement and the importance of being present in every moment of our lives.
Mona believes that art has healing powers as it helped her to overcome postpartum trauma that was accompanied by depression and anxiety. She’s passionate about sharing her journey and she hopes to inspire other women artists to step outside of their comfort zone and reach the sky.
Mona is a member of several art directories and communities – All SHE Makes, Visionary Art Collective, Creative Lady Directory, Where Are The Women Artists and Art Queens Society. She’s shown her work online with Women Artist Born Global Network, The Unicorn Factory, Visionary Art Collective, Brandi Hofer Art Gallery, The Purposeful Mayo and The Curator’s Salon.
"Art makes me happy. The whole process brings me joy - thinking about art, creating art, looking at art, learning about art. There is so much love involved."
Mona is a wife to a wonderful husband and a mother of a three-year old amazing boy.
She has decided to paint full-time after having experienced postpartum PTSD. Her son was born prematurely and the first six months were full of anxiety, fear and sadness. She needed to release these negative emotions and concentrate on something beautiful to save herself from drowning too deep.
She started focusing on little things that have brought her pure childish joy, and so she started painting and it just worked magic on her.
After seeing the healing power of painting, she decided to show her work to the public, share her story and raise awareness not only about her state of mind after giving birth but also about her life with endometriosis and a spinal defect called the Schmorl's nodes.
Mona only creates when her son is asleep because she doesn't want to limit their time together.
She admires all strong and powerful women creatives who have the ability to inspire others and she wants to introduce these heroines to the world.