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GIVING THANKS

 

Prince Rockefeller, original acrylic and graphite on wooden cradled panel, 6"x8"x1", private collection (THANK YOU!). The owls have proven hugely popular, and I will continue to paint more in the coming weeks. They are 6"x8"x1", acrylic and graphite on cradled wood panels, and $269 plus s&h. And incredibly endearing - even more so in person. If you would like to get on the list for one, message me directly,

Today is Thanksgiving here in the US, and while I realize many of you are reading this from other countries, this is my day to pause and reflect with tremendous gratitude on all that you have given me.

Your attention and support - even if you are merely reading and commenting on my content - has enabled me to build a career as an artist. I started my professional journey almost 20 years ago, when I intentionally left a corporate job to focus on raising my kids. Painting during naps resulted in gallery representation a few months later, and then along came larger than life pet portraits, then PaintingaDogaDay.com, working with The American Kennel Club, followed by The Kentucky Derby artist gig and most recently #journalthroughit...... and who knows what is coming next! It's been a wonderful ride so far, and it's something I didn't do by myself.

You kept me accountable and supported me with purchases, word of mouth referrals, taking classes, buying prints, ordering my books, sharing inspiration, telling me your stories, giving encouragement and just being present. You helped me pay household bills and for my kids you bought music lessons, team fees, dance costumes and tuition, master classes, marching band fees, musical instruments (marimba rentals are not cheap!), voice lessons, summer camps, soccer/football/lacrosse equipment, and least 20 pairs of pointe shoes (plus tap, jazz, character heels, hip hop shoes, turners). You enabled me to build and live my dream of being a working artist while providing for my family and encouraging my kids to pursue their own interests and dreams.

I am tremendously grateful for that. Thank you. I am here because of you, and I am filled with gratitude.
May you feel that warmth stretching from my table to yours today. Stay well and know you are loved, Kim
 

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