Two years ago I after having my son, I embarked on an artistic journey. For years, seven actually, I had abandoned art to try and find my place in the world. Seeking out different avenues to see if art was truly all there was for me. Turns out it was. Art has always been the one true truth for me and the one thing that I have always come back to time and time again.
Having my son forced me to spend more time at home. Something that I wasn't used to. I've always had several things going as far as work goes. At one point having three jobs at one time. It kept me sane. So, my new reality of being at home more did not sit with me well at first. I slipped into a depression. After months of sitting with that and scrolling through Instagram, looking at artwork, I finally decided to drag out my drawing pad and pencils that I had leftover from art school and just went at it. I had no ideas really in mind. I just started putting pencil to paper. Eventually that started forming into ideas and people becoming interested in my work. Which to this day still completely blows my mind.
I must admit, I've felt a drudgery for 2017 to finally come around. And even though I'm still very skeptical of it, so far it hasn't been so bad. I've had several dreams and goals over the past two years as to where I've wanted my artwork to go and how I want it to be seen.
Enter Fern and Sycamore. A gift shop local to me in Washington, Missouri. The owners Gina and Cole, have been supporters of my work since the beginning of this new journey. Gina asked me a few weeks ago if I would be interested in displaying some work at the shop and I was absolutely thrilled. I had been tossing the idea of showing some work in shops locally, but I didn't want it to be just any shop. I wanted something that would have a gallery feel and that's what I feel about Fern and Sycamore because even the items that they sell are works of art themselves since all items have been hand crafted by artists and crafters. And in just a general sense, it feels really amazing to be showing work in my community and being a part of it.
For a list of available works at Fern and Sycamore please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Fern and Sycamore is located at 319 Elm St. in Washington, MO. Contact them at email@example.com, by phone at 636-667-1919 or on Facebook.