It has often been said that being an artist can be lonely work. Much of your time is spent alone in your head and alone creating. This can be a rewarding time for those of us who love what we do, but as people have noted it can also be isolating. One of the things I love about photography is that it is art form that takes place out in the world. I enjoy my free-lance work because it allows me to people during interviews. I love art shows because they provide a chance to share my work and hear instant feedback.
I recently launched this new blog and while I have enjoyed writing each night, today, I realized how thrilled I also am interact with all of you. The Common Thread Give-a-way brought many of you out of the shadows or to the site for the first time and I loved reading your comments. Yes, it was wonderful to hear your kind words about my work – every artist loves to be appreciated – but what I really enjoyed was hearing your wonderful stories. One woman emailed me about her daughter, a struggling artist in Berlin. Others shared tales of their dogs. I heard about cairn terrier/lhasa apso mixes, Airedales, poodles, Dalmatians, Aussies, Border Collies and more. An appreciation for art and for dogs brought you to this site and it is these same things that inspired me to start it. I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying this new connection.