Winning the Bertha Klum Award was definitely a dream of mine – one that I hadn’t consciously identified until very recently. As 2019 begins, I can reflect on the last 12 months as a year of transformation for me as a new artist.
Renewing My Love for Creating Art
With the balancing act of tending to family and career, my artistic interests were dormant for a long time. In January of 2018, I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in ages, upon signing up for Glen Kessler’s phenomenal Painting Through the Lens Class at The Compass Atelier. It’s been a tremendous personal journey for me to immerse myself in a new painting ritual and finally embrace my creative and artistic side.
When I started contemplating entering the 2018 Kensington Labor Day show – an event I had admired for years as an art lover and collector – I never imagined winning two first-place awards as an artist myself. But the dreams kept happening, and the learning, confidence, course adjustments, and preparation occurred a little bit each day. The Bertha Klum award at the Kensington Labor Day show was a critical milestone for what is becoming an artistic career.
Surrounding Myself with Support
My family has adapted to a slightly obsessed new oil painter in their midst. While they are not always pleased when my time is divided, they give me the space I need and they beam with pride when I paint something I’m excited about.
Surrounded by a community of artists at Compass Atelier, Artists and Makers Studios, MAA, and other local artist groups, I am inspired and energized daily by those of you who are passionate about creating beautiful art and helping others do the same. I am enjoying the surprising new relationships developing and hope that I can give back a little joy along the way.
Growing and Staying Open to Opportunities
Since participating in the MAA and winning the Bertha Klum Award, I have sold a number of works, taken on several commissions, and started to develop a portfolio. Most recently, I was invited to join the Gaithersburg Artists Collective and showing my work at the beautiful Artists on Market pop up galley in the Kentlands.
I also displayed a piece at the 24th Annual Yellow Barn Member Show just last month. I look forward to more painting in my studio, gathering with new friends, and participating in some exciting exhibit opportunities in 2019.
Wishing my newfound MAA community a creative and prosperous 2019!