What is Swamp Sprouts?
Swamp Sprouts is a raw and earthy reflection of artist Tristen Rolling's need to nurture the creative spirit and advocate for mental health. Louisiana's enchanting swamp creatures are just one of the many inspirations.
Swamp Sprouts is a haven for those who are passionate about our planet. It's also a resource for uplifting reassurance. Every piece of art and content is made to promote positive transformation within.
This community is a celebration of environmental consciousness.
I like to believe that I have made art, Swamp Sprouts, part of my everyday life to reconnect with my inner child. At my conception, the creative spirit declared I was placed on this earth to create. As a young child, I used my creativity to formulate potions from wildflowers and twigs. By 13, I was painting canvases alone in my bedroom – venturing downstairs only to show my finished creations to my father.
As I grew older, my priorities shifted to fit those of society – do something that makes the most money. Although my parents always told me to do what I love, this daunting demon of the financial realm would not get off my back. To this day, I still fight it.
Despite my urge to major in the arts, I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. My ill-fated dream was to work as a marketer in the live music industry. The universe played along with me for a few years, but as we know and often fail to believe, shoving down creativity simply does not work.
While working for a production company in New Orleans, I realized the music industry was a new demon I had to fight off. Luckily for me, the pandemic did most of the work. My world was turned upside down, my dreams crushed, and I was forced to sit with myself. Unleashing my inventive mind upon the world is how I coped with the uncertainty we all felt at the time.
The free time I never had soon turned into the creative time I always needed. When my paintbrush made its way onto a piece of sliced wood back in April 2020, I had no idea I was starting a personal movement. Swamp Sprouts rebirthed my will to paint and rebuilt my trust in my intuition. It rebirthed me.