Its the last day of 2015 and a time for reflection on this past year.
Like most it has had its up and down rides and this year (and a half) has hosted more personal stress then I have ever experienced in my life, however I still managed to achieve a record year in my personal art sales and meet many of my business goals and for that I feel strong and proud. From this experience I have learned that all of my hard work in building an art business is finally paying off and I have systems now in place to ensure that even when worlds feel like they are falling apart the artist portion of myself can continue to thrive.
Goals reached and achievements met in 2015.. with my wonderful supporters help!
The painting of my 1st Murals:
I have always enjoyed painting BIG so when I was asked to create a mural for the ‘Live Well Exercise Clinic’ in South Surrey I jumped at the chance. With any first time experience there is always some nerves and self doubt but once I started the project I loved doing it! Its so cool to be able to great a piece the allows program participants to share their achievements and feel inspired! I later painted a 2nd mural at the Morgan Creek Medical Office in South Surrey and hope to paint more in 2016
My Largest canvas painting to date!
I was commissioned by a lovely parent at the ‘Lord Kitchener Elementary School’ in Vancouver to create a very large painting to be displayed in the front entrance of the school. ‘The Welcome Branch’ is a 4ft tall by 15 ft wide triptych acrylic on canvas. ‘Welcome’ is written on each leaf in one of the languages represented by the school. It has not yet been hung in the school but I will be sure to share photos when it is up!
114 Original Painting Sold!
I started the year with a goal of passing my record of 89 painting sold in 1 year and wow, you helped me blow that goal out of the water! I feel so honoured and humbled that 114 of my original paintings found new homes this year. Totally Surreal! Thank you!
My New backyard studio is almost ready!
In July my husband and I bought a house in Maple Ridge. Its a cute rancher on a huge yard full of beautiful trees and plants and we just love it. Its been a lot of work to renovate it (was in need of a serious update) but we have been plugging away and we are loving how its coming together. My husband has done an amazing job of turing our back yard outbuilding (basically a big shed) into an amazing studio! Insulated, dry walled, heat and electrical. We are are in the final stages and adding all the fun cosmetic stuff. I will be able to move in and start working in my new space early in 2016. Yeah!
I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who are fans of my work. I could not be living my artist dream without you and for that I am so thankful! Every time you talk about my work, show it to your friends, like, share, comment, give me feedback at shows and purchase my work you are helping me to further my artist career. Thank you. I wish each and every one of you and Happy, Health and creative 2016.
x0x0- April (aka Yapes)