Mejeur family photo from Cashiers, NC- Thanksgiving 2015
This year has been awe- inspiring, life-changing, incredible… I could go on. I don't even know where to begin to describe it, but I have kept some bullet points to remind me of the milestones, and I just wanted to share them with you as we all look back at 2015. I worked really hard to be able to live off of my own artwork, and I don't think I ever honestly thought it was possible to do full-time, but thanks to you all, here we are! I hope it inspires you to do that thing you always dreamed of in 2016, and to keep living the dream!
In no particular order:
-Painted 27 commissions in 2015 along with several originals like this new favorite.
-Collaborated on 16 shark species with Dr. Gary Rose
-Collaborated with Stream2Sea, Sea2Shore Alliance and Nalu Tribe on a huge, marine debris contest and giveaway through Instagram!
-Collaborated with IS projects on some super cute cloth diapers
-Started selling prints at several new locations and shops including Loggerhead Marine Life Center in Juno, Key West Dive Center, and Island Decor in Tavernier
-Exhibited in 12 art shows including my first west coast art show
-Grew my email newsletter subscribers to 590 people! (You can join too on my home page!)
-Hardcore nested on this nursery to get ready for Cody's arrival
-Gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on March 16th
-Started painting full-time instead of teaching while staying home with my son!
I am so thankful for all of you, and I sincerely hope that you have an amazing year of your life in 2016!
Happy New Year, my friends!
I feel so honored to have worked with this wonderful woman to tell her story through a painting. Kay reminds us that love isn't always easy, and if you truly love someone, you have to work really hard on it sometimes. Through thick and thin, sickness and health, love will prevail! As you are reading, see if you can find the symbolism that we used, and feel free to share your interpretations.
"My husband and I have been married for 23 years now. Soon is the 26th anniversary of our first date. I wanted this commission to celebrate our life together. A few years ago we went through our first really rocky spot. It was very difficult time and honestly I wasn’t sure, at times, we would make it through that. It was a stormy time in our marriage and lasted much longer than we would have liked. I had a great friend who supported me through that and honestly was instrumental in making sure I stayed level headed to ensure Rick & I worked through this tough spot.
We've worked extremely hard to overcome those difficult two years, focusing on each other, keeping each other first and most important every single day. We came through that storm honestly better than ever. In Jan 2014 we renewed our vows in Key West and have been traveling and really enjoying each other since. This is where the attachment to Key West came from. We also have 3 children, 24, 22, 21 and have a few special places in Florida. We spent lots of sunsets in Pensacola. Destin is also a special place. We spent a few anniversaries there, recently, as well. My first real trip out on the sea was from AJ’s in Destin and Rick loves boats. He was in the Navy for the first 6 years of our marriage. That anniversary on the sailboat was a special one.
Thank you so much for sharing, Kay. I hope it inspires us all to work hard on our relationships when the time comes, to make it through the storm to the sunny skies ahead!
Carly Mejeur is a floridian artist, inspired by her ocean hobbies and travels. This Blog is for news, events, and just for fun. Click here for the artist's Bio.