Isabelle's career shift from CEO of her own consulting firm to full-time artist was a direct result of these words of wisdom from her 96-year-old mother during her final hours in hospice:
"I’ve thought a lot about what I would say to you when this day came, what I might say so you'd really hear me, how I could turn these last moments together into a gift. I have one important regret to share with you, and it's not about what I did with my life, it's about what I didn't do. Over my entire lifetime I always found an excuse not to fully pursue my gifts as an artist. Work, then family, then caring for your dad, then finally losing my eyesight… always reasons that put my desire to create on the back burner. You have the same gift I had, and I've watched you shelf it just like I did. So, after 96 years on earth, here is my best advice – use your gift, develop your talent, and shift your entire focus to creating art, to letting the world know what you can do. If you don't do this now, and I mean right now, you never will. I'll be with you the whole way."
On December 1, 2019, exactly one year after her mother passed, Isabelle closed the doors to her consulting firm, set up her studio, and began painting every day. Her work is a life-force that absolutely lights her up, and it’s a cherished legacy from her mother.
Since then, Isabelle has burst into the international art world. An ‘artist to watch’, her work has been shown in solo and group shows in the USA and Europe, and has been seen in 2021 issues of Vanity Fair, GQ, Vogue House and Gardens, and World of Interiors. Her work is held in private collections in Canada, South America, Europe, and the USA.
As a nod to her former career, Isabelle also holds a Doctorate Degree in Education Policy, Leadership and Change from the University of Southern California (USC).