Today I received a package of 100 D ring picture hangers that I ordered, and it made me think about progress, because it meant that I had gone through the 100 D ring hangers that I had ordered in 2015. I do my own framing, so between September 2015 and now, I’ve put hanging hardware on the back of at least fifty paintings.

I started the what I call “the Benz and Chang paintings” in late 2013. In actuality, it was some fast and splotchy walnut ink drawings that I completed in two hours at a SHARE arts event, but that was where it started. I used some walnut ink and fell in love with it.

I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I had in 2017.

  • Main gallery show at Guardino Gallery with Tamae Frame
  • Main gallery show at RiverSea Gallery with the amazing and wonderful Jill McVarish
  • Self-published my own catalog
  • Appeared with Jill McVarish in a show catalog (Night at the Haunted Big Top) produced by RiverSea Gallery
  • Joined the following group shows:
    • Mayhem and Magic at RiverSea Gallery
    • Day of the Dead at Guardino
    • Chris Haberman’s Big 500 Show
    • Catch the Moon at RiverSea Gallery.
  • Benz and Chang paid for a gallery and museum trip to NYC
  • Participated in #Inktober on Instagram and sold a third of my drawings

From the groups shows, the “Catch the Moon” show at RiverSea was particularly sweet to me because Jeannine Grafton, the Gallery Director at RiverSea, said that the show was about how she started her gallery with the goal of catching the moon. She wanted to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show about how she felt that she had caught it, and more.

As things are coming together for 2018 (and 2019), I’m looking forward and I can’t believe it’s been four and a half years since I started this journey. Part of me feels a little superstitious about counting the years, and I’m knocking on wood as I write this. I hope to have many more years working on Benz and Chang paintings.

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