From a young age, I wanted to be an artist. My dream was to make a living creating art of wildlife and in a way that connects people to our wild places and animals through my art. My interest in art was encouraged, but my parents wanted me to choose a career that would provide what they felt was a more practical way of making a living. For many years, I worked in the business world and learned many valuable skills, which I appreciate every day as I have pursued a career as an artist these past 17 years. I’ve always made a list of goals at the beginning of each year and for the future to help keep me focused.
This year I’m ready to go for one of the big goals – opening my own gallery in a place that would be a good fit for my wildlife art. In fact, 2022 marks a personal milestone after all these years of working the outdoor art festival circuit, selling my art through other galleries and struggling to keep things going during the Covid years. After almost two years of searching, I’m happy to say I’ve found it in the town of North Woodstock, New Hampshire. It’s the gateway to the White Mountain national forest with year round tourists and visitors, people who love nature and wildlife as well as those who want to support local businesses. I’m thrilled to be in this dynamic and bustling little town.
We’ve spent the past month fixing the space up, painting walls, building display tables and making a small studio area so I can work on artwork when I’m there. I’ve also invited a couple of friends from the art festival circuit to exhibit and sell their work too. The theme for my gallery is all about the art of nature and wildlife with each of us drawing on this for the creation of our respective mediums. In addition to my artwork and my husband’s woodturnings, there will be photographs by White Mountain Images/Chris Whiton and pottery by Hurricane Mountain Pottery/Holly Johnson.
This is a HUGE step and I’ll admit that it’s more than a little scary. I have moments when I doubt myself in attempting this while Covid remains an ongoing issue. Yes, it’s possible I couldn’t have picked a worse time… but, it also feels like it’s exactly the right time. So, I’ve committed to giving it a try for one year. I don’t want to look back and regret not doing it so here goes. I’d like to think the year 2022 will be a good one or at least a better one. Regardless, it continues to be an exciting journey. The doors are opening on February 2, 2022 and you are most welcome to come by.