You would think that it is easy to choose one of the “best” gifts I ever received. In some ways it could be just as easy as acknowledging that my partner, my children, family & friends, both two legged and four, are indeed my best gifts. But this is too obvious, right? Most of us are (hopefully) grateful beyond words to have been gifted with these.
Then, there’s health, career, successfulness, a home, car and all the other visual standards of success.
I don’t have the skills to adequately use all and the right words to convey my deep love and thankfulness for all of those things. This is why I paint and do not write.
Question: So what then, is one of the greatest gifts I ever received?
Answer: My first art supplies and paid art job using those materials. I will never ever forget that experience. I’d drawn all my life, but it had to take a back seat many other things in life. This gift began a new chapter thats momentum changed me as a person. It is that impetus that opened up many more changes, opportunities and educational experiences.
I realized that I was a real artist working professionally. For years I struggled with imposter syndrome. Especially starting out as a self taught artist. Sometimes rude comments or lack of acceptance perpetuated so many doubts that i wanted to let them win. But, obviously my support system didn’t let me do that and this is not the focus for today.
Again, one of the best gifts I ever received were art supplies and my first professional art job. Thanks James for pushing me to find my art voice 💋
Art has given my voice, lots of opportunities, many challenges, non ending creative outlets, customers & friends. The best one of all is the courage to believe in myself and continue working every day.
Until next time, ☮️ and make 🖼️