This has been quite a spring: Two days before I left for Spain, I learned my main job was downsizing next school year, but do I have the luck of the Irish :). That luck includes fantastic art therapy colleagues who let me know of a “hardly ever happens” opening and helped me, in so many amazing ways, secure an interview and prep for it. Rachel, Alison, and Aaron…you rock. Cue weeks of too much zero-dark-thirty running and a fairly constant loop of the Beastie Boys and Eminem during my commute, and you might well imagine my stress level despite all their selfless help.
Midway through my job search freakout an old friend commissioned this, a blue tanager mixed media piece, for the CEO of the Nature Conservancy. She even provided the collage materials, below. What a complete de-stresser creating this was! I love how the bird’s colors beautifully complemented a photo about Arctic loss, so that became the top of the wing. Thank you so much, Janine, for the opportunity to create in the midst of chaos.
And, yes, I got that awesome job. Here’s a little bit about the new school where I’ll be the full-time art therapist next fall: https://wamu.org/story/16/05/25/how_specialized_programs_can_get_kids_with_anxiety_back_in_the_classroom/
Take a breather, Beastie Boys. Cue the festive Van Halen.