Giving Thanks

by Armand Cabrera


I hope everyone is safe and rested after their thanksgiving holiday last Thursday. After all the food, friends and the start of the Christmas/ December holiday shopping season for many people, sometimes it’s hard to take time to reflect on the things we can be thankful for.
I know with the economy here in the USA and many people are still struggling financially, especially artists. I know in many places in the world the struggles of Americans seem petty in comparison to their daily lives. No matter what our individual challenges are, its good to take stock and appreciate what is good in our lives.
I started an art career late in life compared to some people. For many years I worked in construction, electronics or factory jobs to pay my bills and I painted at home when the urge compelled me. I was in my early thirties before I could make a living as an artist.

I think in some ways this was a good thing because it gives me perspective. I know what it is like to do hard physical work for a living and I am always grateful for the life I have now. I know what it is like to struggle as an artist in obscurity and what it is like to have recognition and the respect of my peers and patrons.  My art has given me many things to be thankful for. I am especially thankful for the friends I have and the opportunities to continue to practice what I love.

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