As I think of giving you a bit of a background, I think, "It is in the blood and it can't get out of the system." Wondering what? One word stands out for this essence and Passion. For me, personally, Art is the one word.
Being someone who is always intrigued with art, it needs to be part of my life. If it is not, it is missed........Missed to be the point where it effects everything......Health, happiness, passion....Etc. We ALL have an essence and a passion. The challenges are listening to them, acting on them, while keeping them joyful.
You must know by now, I am an Artist who works with oil paint or Prismacolor pencils. When I say the one word art, I mean my practice of painting and drawing.
There was fiddling with it. There were articles written, art exhibit in museum, gallery, and art shows. There were paintings published in books and on scorecards. Hundreds of pieces were sold. I was getting a little famous in my hometown. There were even commissions (the first being from Mom and Dad). Fiddling was all the self design of time management allowed. The fiddling needed to STOP. Time to get serious. We design our own time.
While I fiddled with art I held 2 other jobs....Preschool teaching and waitressing. One summer, the restaurant said, "By the way, we are closing tomorrow." As it was only a month before school started, I figured I would set up my easel on Lake Winnepesaukee...Instead of finding new waitressing. I had NOTHING to lose. Good idea.
First night, 2 pieces were sold in 2 hours!!! All excited, a call to Mom and Dad was bubbling with joy. People kept buying....Until Labor Day. Business is seasonal. People are busy with other things. No time to hang out at the lake. Back to teaching and waitressing. The following year, I painted on the lake in the summer and the winter! It was cold, but painting at the ski lodge at the top of the mountain (Gunstock Mountain) became a regular thing. I just bundled up! Hundreds of pieces were sold. With layers of encouragement, many commissions, and the STRONG WILL to be true to who I am, I moved to Florida to be a full time Fine Artist. It was FABULOUS!!!! A dream come true!!!!!
A year later TRAGEDY struck. With the SHOCK of a lifetime......The brush fell to the ground. Painting came to a halt. Spiraling downward with continuous setbacks, there was FINALLY a realization...."This is NOT working." Knowing what I want is not enough. Putting my wants into action will make the difference.
So here I am.....Melting back into being a full time artist. Moving forward with purpose, consistency, focus, production, and action. Strength persists with courage...while keeping the joy as I progress towards my goals. As a FINE ARTIST, I strive to help people FEEL AND LIVE in moments of peace and serenity with love through my art....Seeing it....Feeling it....And Hearing it.🎨