The Comforting Thing in 2016

At the beginning of December I shared the following letter with my newsletter subscribers; now, I wanted to share with you all, because it feels like a more encouraging follow up to my post-election blog post.

Therefore be at peace...With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,it is still a beautiful world.Be cheerful.Strive to be happy..png

December 1, 2016

Dear Friends,

I have to be honest with you - the last few weeks have been...trying. Regardless of your nationality, political affiliation or creed, I think the outcome of the U.S. presidential election came as a surprise to all. On November 10, I wrote this emotionally-charged blog post: Blues, Reds & Brights.

That was before I had time to fully process, and I have spent the last couple of weeks on an emotional roller coaster, wondering about my role as an artist, the importance of the arts and the potential choices that I now face.

And then on November 19 the group show "Bold Beauty," in which I am one of 4 featured artists, opened. I was asked to participate in this show back in June, and we wanted the show to "honor the bold beauty of femininity." Which it does. This was, unexpectedly, my most fun show of the year (see photos here); not only because it was well-attended, but because it was a festive, comforting, and, indeed, cathartic affair.

Which reminded me of the power of art.

Art continues to have a place in this world of changing tides; it can bring people together, create dialog and provide solace, relief and even escapism (as I write about in this online LA art magazine). For my part, art has saved me many times, brought me in contact with a vast array of people I would never have connected with otherwise, and I continue to feel compelled to create. 

My friend and fellow artist, Shannon Amidon, recently shared this poignant poem, Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, reminding us that it is indeed "still a beautiful world." There are many wise words in this poem, which I will continue to mull over as I "keep interested in [my] own career, however humble." Thank you for coming along with me on this journey. I appreciate you and am both thrilled and humbled if my work has touched or inspired you in some way - I collect your positive feedback in my "happy file*."

Happy Holidays
And so, I bid you (and 2016) adieu and wish you a happy, peaceful and rejuvenating holiday season with your loved ones. 

With sincerity and gratitude,

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*My "happy file" is where I collect positive feedback and comments from people.