Exhibitions come and go. There are spin offs, results and consequences but then life moves on. The limelight fades, the next project starts and the whirlpool pulls us back under to our private creative underworlds. It happens too quickly and we forget to tie up loose ends. And more often than not we forget to give grace, to say thanks.
We cannot do what we do alone. Yes we can, and often need to, create alone but getting the work "out there", turning the obsessive commitment into a career takes a whole menagerie of people. In the art world relationships of all kinds are notoriously rocky. Artists, art consultants, buyers, collectors, gallerists: we are all to some degree demanding, temperamental and self obsessed.
But we artists do find like minds to work with. I have found people who understand my work and put in the extra effort. Some patient souls have stood by me for years providing financial and professional support, as well as critical thinking. New contacts have also been made and with trust they support and encourage and buy.
This allows me to continue doing what I am doing, what I love. Art is my life's blood, sticky and messy but full of energy. It keeps me alive, awake and makes me smile and to all the people who help make this possible, thank you, I am truly grateful.