I'm in the studio today, yesterday, the day before--for weeks, it seems--working on a slew of commissioned paintings. Each email I receive for commissioned work, I am taken back and count my blessings all over again. You see, when I went to school to study art, I had a full ride art scholarship but had to forfeit it when I chose to serve a mission for 18 months. When I returned for my final year of school, they told me that they would reward me double that scholarship to study exercise science. Were they struggling to find exercise science majors? Who knows. But I had the grades and the lump of money was hard to say no to, so I took it. Chris already had a stack of student loan debt and my scholarship would cover our complete educations, plus some.
At the time, as poor, newly-wedded college students it seemed like a no-brainer. I put away my paint brushes and started studying chemistry and anatomy and for a long time, I have regretted that decision--choosing money over what I was really passionate about. I would have never dreamed a few years later I would have a studio in my house and a list of commissioned paintings lined up. As it turns out, what I am really passionate about wasn't going to slip away even if I did turn my back on it once upon a time.
In a word, I'm grateful.
The painting pictured above have been commissioned and are spoken for. If you are interested in commissioning a painting, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss size, colors and all that jazz.