January 27, 2014

Good things for 2014

When the New England weather has launched into cold and snow, and the holiday season has passed by, I head to the studio to focus on a part of my business that does not involve getting wet. I review the past year with sales and growth and start working on a plan to implement improvements and set new goals for myself.  If you are reading this, then one of my big goals has been realized and that is my new website!  It has taken a while, but I am extremely happy and excited with this viewer friendly site and hope that you will visit it often!

This year I already have some great events to look forward to.  Two of them are: my solo show at the Newport Art Museum's Wright Gallery; and my work being featured in This Old House's Arlington, Massachusetts House Renovation project which debuts to the public in April.  My work was chosen for TOH by interior designer Christine Tuttle and was installed in one of the bedrooms and along a hallway.  I have my fingers crossed that it will make it into the April or May edition of TOH Magazine, but it will certainly be shown on the TV show, set to air in late April, early May.

About 4 years ago when I decided to create a business with my Marine Botanicals, I wrote down my aspirations and goals for that first year.  They seemed big to me at the time; show my art at the Newport Farmer's Market, get my cards into some local businesses, apply to a local art festival (and get accepted), figure out a work schedule (with my then, 4 year old) and start to understand price points.  In 2 months I had achieved my goals and was buoyed by the encouragement I was receiving about my work.  My lesson learned was to visualize, stay positive, reach out and embrace those lofty thoughts, say yes and stay open.  Oh, and write it down!

During these next months I will be planning for the museum show, seeking new venues to exhibit my work and looking for gallery representation.  I also have a new product I plan to develop and hope to be able to offer this summer.

Photos: In the studio & on location at Dorry's Cove on Block Island, RI