I love to paint, and I paint things I love. I also love to share my art with others, so I find places to display my work. Art is very subjective; some people will enjoy my work and others may not so much, but that’s just the way it is with art, and it’s really okay. Having said that, it brings me great joy when someone appreciates something I’ve created; and when someone likes something enough to buy it, well I’m simply ecstatic! Annapolis Wellness House is the place I first started painting while attending therapeutic art sessions. This charitable organization has a big annual fundraiser each summer called “La Fiesta”. This year I donated one of my pieces, “Purple Hydrangeas”, for the silent auction. I chose this piece because I painted it during an art session at Wellness House and these sessions have been, and continue to be, very healing for me. I wanted to donate something that was special to me. I was so happy to receive an email from the purchaser a couple of weeks ago, and she gave me permission to share what she wrote. She also included a photo of the painting hanging in her house. The deep joy that filled me when I read her message brought a huge smile to my face that stayed with me for days, and it still makes me smile when I think of it.
I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your beautiful watercolor. I had the winning bid at La Fiesta on Saturday and immediately put it over my sofa in the family room. It must have been karma-I had been looking for something to place there after I remodeled the family room and kitchen and this is the perfect thing. Mary Jane”
In a subsequent email she wrote:
“And the painting is all the more special now that I know when it was done and the role it may have played in your journey in life.”
Thank you so much for sharing, Mary Jane! It was very thoughtful and touching!