I walk by these drawings of mine several times every day and I think to myself each time that I need to pick up where I left off. These were created as class projects in a drawing class that I took while attending RIT….wow….9 years ago. My god, how time flies. I loved working with this reductive charcoal process. It was astounding to me, at the time, how the image emerged from its black charcoal depths and started to take on a life of its own. Yes, they are not perfect but for me, being someone that had never really drawn in my whole life or worked with charcoal, they spoke to me. That should not be surprising since the subject matter for 4 of them was moi!
As we are disassembling our large studio, and deciding what to keep, sell, throw away, and ponder on, I constantly catch myself looking back at all that we have accomplished, all the triumphs and disappointments, and what the future holds for us and Oatka Glass Studio. We are excited about our imminent move to our new home and studio in North Carolina. As we sift through the overwhelming mass of “stuff”, I do see a very bright light at the end of the tunnel and it is enabling me to put one foot in front of the other to continuously move toward that light.