Been trying to carve out some time to assess 2016. It’s when I gather up my calendar’s, journals and notebooks to look back on my year- what I’ve learned, accomplished, tested, and where I’ve been.

Surfs Up, digital print of hand colored photo. ©NanciHersh

Surfs Up, Digital print of hand colored photograph.
8′ x 10″, ©NanciHersh

Admittedly, I’ve often been about, what I’ve achieved (that darn over achiever in me!). However, over the years and surely- Post 2011 (our family year of life changing challenges) I prioritize health and family and choose to do the work I do in my studio and in my community because I truly love what I do.

Making art is how I make sense of the world. I discover new ways of looking at experiences and mapping out my internal landscape. This personal approach to my work connects me to nature, to others, and ultimately my Higher Self- or  Higher Power. Feel free to choose your own word there- God, Love, etc.

Taking this passion out in the world in workshops, classes, exhibitions, or jobs is where I find my need to relate, heal and serve.

2016 has taken a bad rap- and for good reason. Personally however, I am grateful for the blessings in my life, and there are many.

We are here. That itself is a wondrous miracle. And, as one lovely mantra I learned this year reminds us…

I am love, I am loved, and I am loving. 

and that my friends, is enough.

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