You know that feeling, of having something in the back of your mind that you need to do? It’s not a priority so you write it down, you put it off, and it sits there, waiting to be done. Sometimes for a very long time. But when you finally get to the project and finish it, it feels sooooo good, doesn’t it?
That happened to me this weekend, as I finally got around to updating the Portfolio section of my website. Ever since I updated website themes early last year, I haven’t been happy with the way the porfolio worked. It just didn’t allow you to scroll through images easily or show off the work nicely. Add to that, most of what was in the portfolio was old work from my dSLR days, not even close to the style I’m currently creating with the iPhone. But it wasn’t a priority between art fairs and writing a book and living life, so I didn’t do anything with it other than write it down on a “do someday” list. Getting it updated felt like a lifting of a weight, or the relief of a low level tension that I’ve been carrying around with me. I didn’t even know that tension was there!
You know what I felt on top of that relief? Pride. There is something wonderful about choosing my best work, pulling it together in one place, and presenting it beautifully. Whether it’s an exhibition or an art fair booth or a portfolio on my website, it’s my opportunity to say to the world, “This is who I am as an artist.” And I feel really good about it when I look at my work that way. Strong and confident in who I am and what I’m doing. That’s an awesome feeling.
I’m especially happy with the Transitions portfolio. I’ve been working on these images of trees in transition for two years now with this series in mind, and it’s the first time I’ve pulled them together in this way. It is so exciting to see it as a whole! I love many images in this series but seeing them as a body of work, I love them even more.
You can visit all of my portfolios by clicking the Portfolio link on the top menu bar of my website. From there, click on any portfolio to view the artist statement/explanation and images. Be sure to click on the thumbnail images to see them larger and scroll through the entire portfolio. It’s all mobile responsive too, and looks great on any device. Can you see why I’m so excited?? Come visit and let me know what you think!
PS – If you have a WordPress site I highly recommend the gallery plugin I’m using for my portfolio. It’s called NextGen Gallery. Easy to use and very functional!