THE BEGINNING OF MY STORY
This series is my journey through what I call, “My Kaleidoscopish Life.” We live our lives in a box of constant ever-changing patterns. Color is life and everything wonderful it has to offer. The most majestic visual experience we can naturally encounter is mother nature and its grand spectrum of colors. Take a moment and think about a beautiful sunset or the bluest ocean you have ever seen. These are memories of a moment in color and that made you feel some sort of emotion. I use color as a depiction of emotions, thoughts, memories, and the things that life offers us that are beautiful.
For many years, I lived in a box that was safe, safe without color. I worked hard to build a life that most would have been happy in. It became my prison and it took me losing my job due to Covid-19 to find myself. I was heartbroken and felt my world caving in. I wanted to feel sorry for myself, but I knew that I was not happy. I had been lying to myself over the years that I loved my life. I had to stand in front of the mirror and ask myself, what is next? Who am I? What do I want to do? It was the first day of the rest of my life!
Covid-19 altered my life and I now had an opportunity to make something different with it, something I loved. I had a plan to paint when I retired and now I could do exactly that. I was terrified and excited for the opportunity to do something for myself that added value and something people could enjoy. I told a friend that I was laid off and he said, “congratulations.” I was taken aback by the response and asked him what he meant? He said, “congratulations for the opportunity, the opportunity to be free.”
It was now or never, I needed to make this work. We have the choice to take the colors life has to offer us and paint the picture we choose. I had to choose whether I was going to paint the same picture and that was not going happen! This is where it all started…. “My Kaleidoscopish Life.”