To be recognized for what I’ve created always feels good, but it isn’t why I paint. I paint because it makes me feel calm and happy inside. Seems like the reason should be more complicated but it isn’t. In fact as I look back on my life the reasons I’ve made a lot of life decisions have been pretty simple. I love him; I want to be a mom; I want to help others; I want to make you smile.
So this award humbles me. I’ve said that before and it still applies now. Each day that I can get out of bed, enjoy a cup of coffee with my husband is always a good day. It is the peace I feel each morning and I am glad I’m here. So I ask myself what can I do today to make it better or fun? Never forget fun.
Anyone who is creative knows there are good days and bad days. Sometimes the brain isn’t communicating with the hand that’s holding the brush. Sometimes the brush wants to fly maybe to the other side of the room. The hand holding the brush gets frustrated but the brain knows this will pass. I’m thankful that I have more good then bad days . I’m glad that my art can give joy to another. I am thankful for this talent God has given me.
I thank the Association of Wisconsin Artists for my award. I saw the other paintings and this was a hard competition. My painting called “Sunday Best” reminds me of a young boy who is on his way church. Mom wants to take a picture and he isn’t all that thrilled to comply but he does. I look into his eyes and I wonder about his future.
I’ve heard it said, but I’ll say it again – “All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.” Let’s pray for our nation.