“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” -Gail Sheehy
2015 was a year of transformation for me. A great opportunity came up in July, when a tenant moved out of one of the retail spaces my family owns in West LA. After some major soul searching and serious contemplation, I decided to leave my job in property management in December to pursue my passion in art and open an art gallery! The grand opening will be on February 27, 2016. The inaugural exhibition will feature works by Erik Benjamins and Kristen Dikio, fellow alumni from LMU. I chose the concept of impermanence as the show’s theme because it is something I always remind myself of when I experience significant changes in my life, that nothing is permanent and we can’t hold on to things, people, or moments. Everything is temporary and we have to find happiness in the present moment. Erik and Kristen’s works will explore this concept in different, and unexpected ways. Feel free to check out my gallery’s website for more details: http://www.openmindartspace.com
As I’m approaching my 30th birthday this year, I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection. However, I still don’t feel like I am completely in touch with my true self yet. So, last night on a whim, I started a personal creative project. I plan to create a self portrait each month of this year. I hope that by looking at myself in the mirror when I work on these self portraits, that I can let go of my own self judgements and find peace with being who I am. I think it will be fun to see how each self portrait will differ from one another throughout the year. Here is the first of the series, which I completed last night in about 5 hours. I haven’t painted in a while and almost forgot how therapeutic it is to paint!
Stay tuned for more monthly self-portraits, and gallery updates 🙂