Today I have a LOT of energy!!! And I am feeling so grateful. I have a lot of things to be thankful for no doubt, but right now I am thinking about my passion--painting--which has fortunately also turned into a fruitful and fulfilling career for me. I am thankful to have a passion in the first place because I don't know if everyone does. But to be able to make a living at it is even better. I believe it is my destiny, which I will get to in a minute.
But first I just want to say that I work with a pretty amazing group of people across the U.S.--art dealers, galleries, designers, and clients. And today was exceptional. I enjoyed a fun, laughter-filled (and very caffeinated) lunch with Laura Rathe today. (And we're going to Cabo...yay!) I also met with adorable and very talented Austin interior designer Lisa Parker and her sweet client Meredith (Meredith Ann...just like me!) today about a commissioned painting for her home. I finished a triptych commission for a Houston client and am almost through with a couple of commissioned pieces for a Nashville residence, courtesy of my old and very dear friend Randy Boliba (who happens to make killer steel sculpture by the way...I will post a pic of the one I own soon. He does not have a website because he is old school...booo, Randy!)
Anyway, the point is (sorry y'all, you know I'm a Southern girl telling a story)...I was thinking about destiny. Fate. I am and have always been a big believer in fate. So, of course being an artist, I am constantly finding meaning in things, events, and what not. It is my job, after all, to create meaning and space from scratch. But one cannot create from a vacuum. There must be source material. For me personally, the most intense source of inspiration is the human dynamic and energy that comes from interpersonal relationships...in a nutshell, the energy of life itself. As I was thinking about all of the above, my mother emailed me a photo of myself when I was about five years old...painting! She said, "Meredith Ann...look how precious! It looks so much like my pictures at this age! But not as precious, of course!" I love the way everything my mom says has the word precious in it. Anyway, the point is...coincidence? Hell no. More like a little answer from above that said, yeah this is your destiny, Meredith Ann! Love it, live it!!! And I am, y'all...it IS precious!