It’s sad to say goodbye to a place that has afforded me so much opportunity in the last year. I never would have expected to feel so connected to a place in such a short amount of time. Maybe it’s because it was truly a transition year for me. There was a lot of breaking down walls, forgetting the reasons and excuses I could not practice my art in the past, and begin at making it a practice again. To me that is just what art is. A practice. I was lucky enough to produce a lot of work, have opportunities to exhibit, and try out new techniques and work on some extreme projects. All because I had space and time. I’m so happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to connect with the community in a different way. Not to mention the relationships that have come from this special place. I feel extremely lucky that I was able to have the space and opportunity to be at the Workhouse and delve more deeply into how and why I make art.
This fall I’ll be heading back to school to attend George Mason University to pursue an MFA degree in painting. I’m so excited and thrilled to be able to follow through on a something that I’ve been thinking about doing since I was an undergrad. After 16 years of being a full time teacher I thought it was time to take a step back and become a student again. I’ll be teaching part time, just like I have this year, but I’m spending more time on my art. I know that this program will be rigorous and demanding, but I know I’m up to the challenge.
So, enjoy the summer, I’ll be posting from time to time. I’m still working at the Workhouse Arts Center through June, then it’s back to my home studio until I make the move over to GMU. Hope that you’ll follow me on the next part of my journey! Thank you as always for your support!