At the end of each year I like to look back and reflect on everything that has happened in my life, the successes, challenges, surprises and accomplishments.
This year has been a roller coaster of highs and lows for me. I unexpectedly lost two people that I loved very much. I took on the role of long distance caretaker for my Mother who has been very ill and in and out of the hospital all year. During this time I have also been finding my way as a new Mother. Throughout all of this I have been more creative and busy than ever, which at times can be a blessing and a curse.
One of my biggest accomplishments this year was being one of eight artists chosen to create a large, 400lb, 5ft x 6ft public art heart for SF General Hospital Foundations 2014 Hearts and Heroes. It was a wonderful and challenging process that I really enjoyed. There will be a big fundraiser in Feb and I should I find out where my heart will be placed. You can read more about my heart on the post below.
Another wonderful opportunity I had this year was to mentor two middle school students through the SPARK program. Spark is a national nonprofit that provides life-changing apprenticeships to youth from disadvantaged communities. Each student is paired with a mentor in a career filed they are interested in. My students Brian and Yalitza were amazing, creative, open minded and taught me as much as I taught them. I look forward to working with SPARK again in the future.
In 2013 I also participated in 8 group art exhibits, Silicon Valley Open Studios, taught 6 different art workshops and created a monthly art salon where local artist meet to discuss, share and support each other’s art careers.
I am looking forward to beginning 2014 in Joshua Tree where I will unplug, reflect, relax and look at the stars. I want to thank everyone for all of your support, love and encouragement this past year. I am excited about a new year full of possibilities, adventures and joy.
Contemporary encaustic artwork by Shannon Amidon. Reclaimed and earth friendly materials used to create timeless, layered, natural motifs. Inspired by the briefness of life & the wonders of the natural world.