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Making Lemonade


Orange Burst, 16"x20"


One of the biggest complaints we hear about self-help books and lectures is that, once you get back to living, all that good advice seems to get lost. All of that motivation leaves us after only a short while. At least, that’s been my experience. Except for one bit of advice that apparently somehow found a way to stick with me and that is this: stay hopeful and look for the good in everything. Just as I believe that no one is all good or all bad, I trust that every situation can also be viewed in that way. For the sake of sanity, always look for some good.

Like so many of us, I’ve come to realize that some things just aren’t as important as I once thought. This, for me, is a good thing. I discovered that I don’t want or need to have artwork in as many online galleries as I can possibly manage.


When the whole country shut down, many artists and galleries upped their online presence. Social media became the new way to sell art. It seems as though this works well for 2D art. Although, technically, my art is 2D, it is highly textured and is better appreciated when viewed in-person. Pretty sure I’m not the only artist that feels this way.


There comes a time when choices can be made simply based on how you feel. I had to ask myself, is it really worth all the time and effort necessary to rise to the top of the list of thousands of other artists? For me, the answer became an easy one.


For now, if anyone wants to find me, I’ll be here, on my website, writing my blog and presenting my art. You can find me on FaceBook as well. Maybe even Instagram once in a while.



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