As I bask in the light of good memories from a successful Quick Draw event, this photo really sums two things: What makes Steamboat so special; and my gratitude to my community for their undying support.
Many of the people in this photo, and at the Quick Draw, have known me since before my own memories begin. Friends of my mom (pictured to the left of me) have always given me the same unconditional love and encouragement as my parents have.
Steamboat Springs is a special place because of the community we have created. It is beautiful, yes, but our commitment to kindness, fun, and support for each other’s successes makes it a wonderful place to grow up in, and to pursue a painting career.
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me along the way, or just came for a fun day of painting at the Wolf Run Ranch. We’ll see you next year!