It was a wonderfully fulfilling and intensely busy 10 1/2 years managing the Bothwell Arts Center, helping creatives learn, teach, practice and create. On March 8th, I handed over the reins to the ever-capable Anne Giancola, and am now off pursuing my art and teaching.
It’s been 3 weeks, filled with everything from updating my portfolio, creating new work, doing some private classes, developing a business plan and, well, catching up on sleep and long-neglected friends.
As I write this, I’m in our camper van at Caspar Beach, between Mendocino and Fort Bragg, California. We’re surrounded by redwoods and the ocean is a heady block away. I’ve been doing some research on residencies at the Mendocino Art Center, a lovely and amazing center dedicated to fostering the arts. I’d really like to stay here and absorb the headlands, the amazing tide pools and the feel of the place, and infuse it in my art. The painting above is based on memories of my first trip to Mendocino a while back, staying in a B&B in Elk and wandering solo along the shoreline. We’re headed to Mendocino in a couple of hours, gonna check it out.
I’ll keep you posted!