Halfway through 2012, everything in my world changed. My Fiancé, Andrew, died in a helicopter crash while working up in Washington state as a contract pilot. Devastating. I tried to go back to my ordinary life, but it felt wrong. It did not honor him. To honor him meant to live my life with passion the way he did. He faced the biggest fear of all to do what he loved, so suddenly “fear” just wasn’t a good enough reason to not follow my dreams anymore.
So here I am, a few months past the accident, and beginning slowly to recover. Against the advise of stodgy old books about grief that tell you to “make no major changes for a year after major loss” I quit my job as a web designer in the corporate world, moved down to central Texas, and took a part time job at an art gallery. The rest of my time I spend making art, exploring galleries and antique shops, meeting new creative people, and allowing the universe to provide me with a new direction. Each day brings new creative wonder and opportunity – and this journey has already been incredibly healing. I’m finding that when you really just let go, the universe does indeed provide you with everything you needed to get to tomorrow.
While I also write a blog about my journey of healing, I will be sharing the creative-specific aspects of that journey here too. I hope one day that will mean sharing with you the grand opening of my very own art gallery.
Barn Ceiling Photo Series
Another side project that I began a few years ago and want to try and continue this year is my barn photo series…
The plan is to do a full series of barn ceilings like the two below. The style I am referencing is that of what you might see for an elegant cathedral. I have always loved the idea of rescuing old things, which is why I suppose this exalted feeling within an ordinary, forgotten space appeals to me so much. I will also be taking supporting shots of ranches and farms I visit to further tell the story of farm and ranch life. I’m definitely open to how it will grow and evolve. I don’t have an end date for this project, as I will be likely working on it slowly over the years as just an enjoyable past time, but I hope to get at least a few locations shot this year.