|The site of the first fort|
Although I have always produced "pretty" work, this residency helped me realize that it is the stories that drive my work - not the look of the finished piece or even the process of creation. I am moved to tell stories through my art and it is this expression that is the most fulfilling for me. Once the story is told and the piece is finished - I am happy if the appreciator can find the story but equally happy if they just like the work.
I was able to share my time during this residency with a fellow artist, Alisdair Macrae. Alisdair was also an inspiration and his work and medium has excited me to new directions. Since I am used to working alone in my studio, I was quite amazed at how much I came to rely on his critiques and feedback and enjoyed his quirky character - my growth as an artist can be partly attributed to him as well.
A heartfelt thank you to all who made this possible - the folks who set up the residency, the people of the community and my husband who helped me free my time to do it.