It is named for the first baby born in the States – “Nathan” weighed 7lbs, 11oz. and was born in Flushing Hospital – Queens, NY.
Casey Matthews “Queens Baby” (60×36)
I know everyone was ready to move past 2016, and welcome a new year. The election was tough; it really brought out the worst in everyone. The world is a sad place and it is disheartening to live in a world that is so black and white; so polarizing. In times like this, it is better for me to retreat inward and take care of things closer to my heart: My home, my family, my relationships, my art career – rather than obsess over things that I don’t understand on a global or emotional level.
Oddly enough, personal-wise, I had a great year. It was my most successful year as a professional artist. I worked my ass off, and felt like I have learned a lot about myself as an artist and business person. I’m always present and thankful; I try to keep an open mind about learning new things, and allowing new experiences into my life.
– I also celebrated 10 years with my man last year. We have been spending a lot of time nesting. We are remodeling our kitchen, and spending money and time on our home; redecorating a little.
– I am moving my studio this month. It is a very scary, and a large financial move for me – but there is nothing like the threat of poverty to light the fire under my ass and make things work! I embrace the challenge and hard work ahead of me.
– With a heavy heart, I mentally let go of a huge toxic relationship in my life this past year. It is still very sad and hard to explain, without seeming so cold and unforgiving – but I’m at peace with my decision. I feel like my life is going really well right now, and I don’t want anyone making me feel bad about myself. Some people just cannot be happy, and can’t help to bring others down; they are incapable of love, and find comfort in their angry, miserable existence. You just can’t force relationships on people, and it is OK to say good-bye.
I ran across this timely poem this week and wanted to share: