Last week I began working on the final five portraits for 'The Grandmothers' project and I feel really good about this body of work. It has just given me so much joy and a feeling of hopefulness while I've been working on it. During those particularly difficult times in this Covid-19 year, As I reflect on this past year,I have been grateful to spend time in my studio, to read about how these women overcame difficulty and to learn how they influenced and touched so many others. Such incredible role models. This year my shoulders have felt the best they have in years (maybe because I've focused on smaller works?) so I've taken up knitting again, am (as always) enjoying many fiction and non-fiction books and am on the final month of my current university course (fingers crossed for the final exam in January...math is tough!). I've felt a certain type of peace with these women watching over me. Even though I've missed my daughters & son-in-law terribly, I am grateful for opportunities to communicate and to support them from afar. And the support I've received from everyone, including gallery exhibits, has been amazing. My hope is that everyone stays safe and well.