I enrolled in college a month after my Mother passed away, it was the first step in moving into a new role for me and leaving the role of caregiver behind. During my education my oldest daughter got married, my youngest graduated from college and moved out, I had both my hips replaced and now my oldest is expecting my first grandchild. A lot of learning and a lot of life have happened to me in these past 5 years, not all of it easy, in fact most of it was hard, really hard. But that does not make it bad. I think it is the really challenging things that show you who you are, what you are made of, what you can do. You can't allow fear, whether it is the fear of failure or the fear of being challenged, to keep you from growing. A good teacher of mine once said," There are two things that are sure to keep you down, fear and gravity." If I had allowed the fear of change to keep me from enrolling in college 5 years ago I wouldn't be standing right now in this amazing "present" I have created.
When it came time to think about what my concept would be for my BFA exhibit it was a bit overwhelming. As I thought about it the realization came to me that my art usually has a biographical component to it, if it doesn't express how I feel about something it expresses how I feel about something I experienced. I decided to document the changes I have gone through in my 5 years completing my degree. One particular grouping, Seasons of Life, has a lot of emotional importance to me. It consists of 3 portrait busts, one of my oldest daughter and expectant mommie, one of myself and one of my Mother. I utilized the Celtic symbolism of the Maiden, Mother, Crone, the symbolism of birds and trees, and the inspiration of the Stevie Nicks song Landslide to pull all the feelings and emotions together.