The Bittersweet

IMG_0210.JPG The Bittersweet, 2014 – Michaela Harlow – Pastel on Cold Press, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″

S O L D    –    A R C H I V A L     P R I N T S     A V A I L A B L E

 Twenty years ago this autumn, I hung my first solo exhibit at Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont. It’s hard to say exactly when an artist’s career begins, but I hold 1994 has my professional marker. I can’t remember when I picked up my first box of crayons, but I can tell you that I haven’t put them down for very long since. There have been highs and lows; years of joy and periods of discontent. Life as a painter is often bittersweet, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’ve been trying to think of something special to honor this important milestone. But I realized today that I already am paying tribute in the most serious way possible: by jumping back into my painting career full-time. Most days, I feel like my fingers are on fire. The passion to create new work and explore new directions and connect with new people is so very great. I’ve committed this time, and in many ways, I feel that I am finally just beginning.

IMG_0200.JPG In the studio, my favorite place on earth

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  1. Jen A. October 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Perfect way to honor the 20 years-ago-you….doing the work, letting your fiery fingers do their thing! Congratulations on continuing to follow this path.

    Love to see the transitions of colors and shapes and moods through the seasons. Before you know it we’ll be back to January – the time that used to be your only studio time. Can you believe that was true less than one year ago? One month out of the year you gave yourself time to do this? I can’t believe it.

  2. Michaela October 23, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Thank you, Jen. I am feeling energized and excited about the future. It’s good to know what you want. As soon as I started walking back in this direction I knew it was right and felt like breaking into a run (pausing only for cartwheels). Your support and encouragement means so much to me —thank you! x