it takes love


i rarelytalk about it but i had a traumatic childhood. my family was dysfunctional and i was buried beneath layers of abuse. i blamed them, i blamed myself and i blamed the world.i was angry. i carried my anger with me everywhere and fought my way through my young adult life.

and then i found love.

it wasn’t easy. i was accustomedto fighting, so i fought the love. my love then (who is my love now) kept strong for years and showed me that our love was better. better than anger, better than pain, and full of brightness. i forgave my family. i stopped carrying that darkness with me and ever since my life has been lighter, warmer and simpler.

i am overwhelmed by the violence, fear and hate raging through our world. it would be easy for us to continue down the path of anger. retaliation. ragefeeds rage. the problems we have are not simple and the path to love isn’t easy. change isn’t easy. i knowfrom my own experience that love can heal. it can be as little as a kind gesture during your morning commute or volunteering your time. if we took a moment everyday to add love into our world maybe we could chip away at the anger. it won’t be easy all the time and it may take years.

but i believe a world full of love is worth the work and the wait.

what a wonderful world + break


i will be exhibiting at my last and favorite show tomorrow night, december 14th at the california academy of sciences. come by if you’re around! if you can’t make it and would like to get some prints, card, etc please order soon to ensure it gets there by christmas – i suggest ordering by december 18th.

also, i know i keep saying this but i will be taking a long break to work on a big project. it’s hard for me to stop drawing what i love… but i must! i will be back as soon as i can ^_^

meanwhile, have a lovely week!