Starting From Experience
8 x 8 Framed Watercolor with custom red oxide pigment
The challenges of 2020 have caused me to question, and wonder, to feel fearful, and to reevaluate my life. I'd been working so diligently at my art and gathering steam over the last several years as an instructor, and it seemed in one fell sweep, lockdowns ended a season of fruitful labor and promising returns. But somehow I knew that regardless of the changes, I'm still created to create and I kept working on that. Opportunities to look at things from a different angle began to surface and I wanted to start making changes, but it immediately felt like I was starting over. I don't enjoy being discouraged, and I'm grateful to have always had the ability to walk away from that emotion by getting to work, with determination to elevate my mind and heart back to contentment. 2020 was no different. It did take a few months to begin seeing new ways to get back to producing and connecting with students again. I wasn't starting from nothing, I was starting from experience. I'm so grateful that I didn't give up.