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Isn't it ironic that my last blog post, promising to follow up with a completed portrait image, was titled, "Forget Me Not"?




It has been over a year. Ooops. Consistency is something I am working on.  In the meantime, I've been pretty busy.  Had I blogged about the projects, I may not have had time to complete them all.  I moved, both my houseful of kids and my studio.




I completed multiple custom portraits of people and pets,


 

won the local Art Battle,

 


 

made and sold a dozen+ acrylic paintings, created two very large school murals


(panel 3 of 3 for BC Children's Hospital)

(TPS Mural, created by 200+students)

was juried into the 2nd annual Canadian Annual Mosaic Exhibition




 

and developed a plan to... wait for it... open my own studio. Wow. Where did 2018 come from!? 

 

 

What?!

 

If you've taken a workshop with me, or spoken to me about my travels, this might surprise you.  I hadn't wanted to be tied down by a bricks and mortar location. 




But, you may also remember that I am all for seizing opportunities and recognizing that it pays to listen when the universe speaks. So, what to do?  I waffled for months as I searched for options that made sense.  

 

A brief elaboration is necessary. A wonderful client chose to hire me to create an artwork for their new home. It is large. Very Large. I don't have a room big enough to accomodate its creation. I looked at garages, barns, warehouses, even the purchase of a portable for my backyard!! I fought the idea of running a public studio, until I found my current space. It shocked me. It shocked my family when I came home and told them. Luckily for me, they love what I do, and support my decisions. Luckily for me, I don't let fear stop me.



(Someday I'll share my rhino story.)

 

And so it is that in two weeks I will be having my grand opening. I will be offering mosaic  and acrylic classes, and guest instructor workshops in so many different media. Flashbacks to a business plan from 1998 means I'm also offering space to other local artists who need to expand. 

 

I am incredibly excited, and well, terrified. I'm not qualified. Nope. But I will be surrounding myself with those who are, and those who seem to believe that I am.  

 

If you fall into either one of those categories, and want to connect, I would love to hear from you. I have so much to learn! I have so much to share. Join me! 2018 was tame in comparison to what 2019 is suggesting.