After working hard for the past thirteen years to start a new career as an Artist and Creativity Coach, I can honestly say that I am finally getting somewhere. I have retired from the active practice of Psychology since January 1, 2019, and have had quite a few solo shows in the past year alone. I am learning to focus on the kind of paintings that are most meaningful to me and learning not to take people’s criticism too personally. My journey as an Artist has bern exciting and meaningful, but also difficult at times, since I have had to learn to learn to put myself and my vulnerabilities out there in a way that I have never done before.  One thing that was difficult for me was to enter an arena with very few hard and fast rules about how to do business.  I always wanted to ‘do my own thing’, but when given this permission, it was not as easy as I thought it would be to figure out what ‘my own thing’ actually consisted of.

I am currently simultaneously showing my work in a coffee shop and a Unitarian church. I very recently was accepted into a fairly elite Artists Guild, and am curious to see if this will help me to move my work up to the next level and exactly what that level might look like.  As I say to my coaching clients, ‘It’s all about the confidence to act in accordance with both your creative vision and your artistic principles’.

Today, I am feeling very optimistic about my future as an Artist. I will try to maintain this new confidence by painting everyday and taking good care of myself, physically, spiritually and emotionally.  For better or for worse, I have turned a corner, and left my old career behind in favor of whatever happens next…