For all of you who love or create art, you know it's always encouraging and a wee bit exciting when someone else seems to genuinely enjoy your work enough to purchase a piece, whether for themselves or as a gift. Chances are it is that type of encouragement that has bolstered any confusion about the tired old nagging thoughts - "Will anyone else like this?" - that one can have when completing a new piece. It is hard to know if we are creating out of need, desire, or sheer inspiration. Yet, create we do. And creators of art we are. And the creation process begins anew with each effort undertaken.
During the last few months of 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to submit some of my original artwork to an Art Broker who was seeking out work from local artists in my area. (It was my first experience to work with an Art Broker and she made it a wonderful, encouraging experience, too.) One of our local hospitals was nearing completion of a major expansion and needed all new work to enhance the many new spaces for art in public and staff areas of the hospital. Out of my eight submissions, which underwent team panel reviews by hospital staff, 3 were selected for inclusion in the staff areas. I was over-the-moon excited by the news of any of my work, much less 3 pieces, being accepted. They would become my first pieces to be held in a corporate collection!
Immediately, I needed to find a local print shop with whom to work for the final mounted, prints. One local printer was very helpful, running trial versions on different papers for me so that I could determine which paper types and weights best completed the digital art I created. I was thrilled with the final choices and the folks who helped me there seemed to be as well. The prints were mounted and then delivered to the Art Broker who then handled the matting and faming details with a framer who was doing much of the work prior to the final installation. In such as a hospital setting the pieces all had to be framed with materials that would endure cleaning with products that kept things sanitary. There was also a certain need for continuity in the matting and framing styles with the art selected throughout the new spaces.
In late January of this year there was a public Grand Opening in the new hospital tower. My husband joined me as we went off in search of the areas in which we could find my artwork. He was also gracious enough to take photos of me with my pieces, once we found each of the three. Though I hadn't intended to post any photos of myself with my work - as I usually dodge being in front of any camera - I have chosen to go ahead and post this as I'm very proud of my work being selected and humbled to be seen with it here.