So Long, Lou Reed
Oil on canvas, 30x30
Every day, I am thankful for the life I am so happy to be living.
I'm thankful for the good fortune and fine support that helped give me the courage to leave the security of a steady job to jump into the unknown and earn our living making art.
I am grateful for my husband, who encouraged me to take this leap. I am grateful for my family, who continues to be interested in and supportive of my painting. I am grateful for the parents who shaped me to be creative, and gave me space and encouragement to find my own way.
I am grateful for the decades of journalism work I did that helped me recognize how wonderful it is to be an artist.
I am grateful for the people I met along the way, who shared their experiences, their hearts and their hopes with me, enriching my world every day.
I am grateful for my faith, and my sobriety, and my optimism.
I am grateful for each person who has bought a painting from me. For each gallery that has welcomed me. For each show that has let me in.
I am grateful for each and every one of you, who receives my blog, who reads what I have to say, and looks at my new paintings and invites me into your world.
On this Thanksgiving day, I want to thank you to all of you, deeply and sincerely. I hope that you and your families, whatever form those families take, have a day full of joy and love. And I hope it is one among many.