Amelia (“Mimi”) Whaley was born in Charleston, grew up on Edisto Beach and presently lives in Mount Pleasant. In 1985, her father gave her watercolor lessons for Christmas, and she remembers, “the moment the brush filled with paint and water touched the paper, something connected deep inside me, and I knew what I was born to do.” While watercolor is her favor- ite medium, she also works in acrylic, collage, mixed media, encaustic and oil. “Art is a jour- ney,” she says. “The more I see, the more I listen, the more I ex- perience, the more I learn to use the tools to make art, the better able I am to express my vision and emotional content through painting, collage, writing and other creative endeavors.” Additionally, Whaley enjoys teaching and helping others discover their creative gifts. She frequently leads day or weekend workshops in painting, watercolor journaling, collage and the re- lease of creative play. Whaley is also an active, registered City of Charleston tour guide, special- izing in walking tours of historic Charleston.