WOW…2012 has been a wild ride full of really big highs and some pretty deep lows! My brightest moment has to have been my acceptance into Birds in Art, an achievement I’ve been trying to reach since 2004. And with a whole lotta help from my friends, I was able to attend the opening in Wausau, WI which was incredible beyond my imagination. The Woodson family members are some of the most gracious and inspiring people I’ve had the pleasure to know; and the Woodson Museum is filled to the brim with beautifully incredible bird art that I could spend months admiring and learning from. The sale of my painting “Sun Catcher” was just the icing on the cake!
I also had the opportunity to participate in and attend the opening of the 52nd Art and the Animal exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, NJ. Again the art was inspiring and uplifting and the chance to see old friends and meet new ones was wonderful. I also sold several paintings through Village Artisans Gallery in Boiling Springs, PA. Big thanks to PJ for her efforts! All in all, I’d have to say that 2012 was the highlight of my art career.
As for the lows…well most of you know the health challenges I went through this past summer and fall and I’m still fighting back to my old self, or as much as I can recover of that former life. It has been a scary, frustrating, and sometimes anger-filled process, and my husband Brent has been there every step of the way helping and encouraging me, and unfortunately bearing the brunt of most of my emotional outbursts. I hope that all of this has at least made me a stronger person. My painting is still a challenge but one that I absolutely won’t back away from no matter how slow the progress. I am stubborn if nothing else! And I have some big creative shoes to fill for next year. So here’s praying that the progress will continue on a daily basis and that my painting will finally be back to where I’d like it to be soon.
I want to thank all of my family and friends, near and far, for your kindness, support and encouragement. Some of you I know personally and others I’ll probably never meet face-to-face, but your friendship has seen me through some of my best and worst times and I love each and every one of you. I wish I could give all of you a big hug. I hope that you have the very best 2013 and that your dreams and aspirations come true. Again, thank you and I look forward to sharing 2013 with you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!