The promises of 2014 was not what my family had envisaged for the year; instead it was a torrid year of juggling responsibilities of looking after a terminally ill son. One is never prepared to handle the difficulties that a sick child will bring to your family; the extended family, his children and the pressure of his wife and siblings had had to bear. Working together to pull our strengths together to alleviate the pressure was what we all did, it was difficult and we all could not show any sign of weakness, that was hard and there was life learning experiences gained. Family is so important and 2014 pulled the best out of our, at times estranged family to a working unit, providing support – mentally and financially and which found a new bond, we know the final result will not change, but we have a new togetherness that had made us stronger and we are in a better position to cope with whatever is thrown at us now.
All of that did come at a cost and finding strength to carry on is tough. But that sums up 2014 for me and my family. My other responsibilities on various committees and councils did also nearly come to a stop and in hindsight I should have taken the selfish stance and resigned those responsibilities; however, I believe in continual learning and this presented some folks in a new light to me.
2015, it is important to keep giving back to the community at large and we all must play our part to our community that is why I volunteer to take on various tasks. This year, I have accepted a new challenge, the role of Vice President and Editor for the International Society of Scratchboard Artists and so looking forward to getting involved with this progressive and exciting young team.
I am progressing as a professional artist and am changing some of my style to make it more appearing to the broader audience and also we all need to change from time to time. It is new for me – it is realism but combining a little contemporary too.
If you are one of those gorgeous people that read my blog, thank you for your time and hope that you keep following my journey.
Jan Lowe is the author and owner of this site; she is a realist and animal artist and also enjoys photography.