the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
(Written in 2014)
To all of you:
My dear family, friends, continued supporters, and anonymous readers whom I’ve not yet had the pleasure of meeting —
Over the past few weeks, I’ve felt compelled to write a letter of thanks to you. I looked internally for the catalyst that drives such an urge. Which monumental checkpoint must my subconscious be promoting so that I’d feel this overwhelming sense of thanks toward you? I started to calculate the separate adventures that you’ve helped me with over the years and I’ve come to this conclusion:
I was searching for that one event or reason to thank you. But the truth is, I have plenty of reasons. And they happen everyday. Your support comes in many forms. I thank you all for each.
My first solo show as an artist was in 1999. Since then you’ve journeyed to my gallery openings, provided spaces to exhibit my work, made purchases, embraced my online media, strengthened my emotional infrastructure, congratulated me on my graduation from college twice, welcomed me into and out of the teaching world, and encouraged improvements when needed with constructive reinforcements. Whether you are my lifetime art companion or newly found electronic-media friend, I am grateful for the support you invest in my livelihood as a professional artist.
As my new website turns 1 year old this month, it’s celebrated with over 13,000 views and an ever-growing number of followers who are tuning in each week as I showcase my artwork, introduce my latest exhibition schedules, and learn about my life as an artist. These are 13,000+ endorsements that are in addition to your in-person support.
The phrase, “Thank you” is insufficient in comparison to how I honestly feel. My gratitude is plentiful and I am eager to return the kindness. Your vast forms of support give the vital nutrients and fertile ground from which continued success in the arts can grow. This, I’m truly thankful for.
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