Mar 30, 2015
If you follow me over on Instagram, you've read this news already. But I need to share here too, because this news will lead to some changes on my blog. Over the weekend, I announced that I will be working on my fiber art full time starting the end of May. This means I will be leaving my zoo job. I've worked the last ten years as a zoo educator, and I am so grateful for the experiences, connections and opportunities I have had because of this job. I've shared my love of animals with countless children and adults. I started a teen volunteer program to allow kids to work with animals and share their passion with others. I earned a Master's degree in Zoo & Aquarium Leadership. I've made lifelong friends with coworkers. I've learned so, so much.
But creating art is my passion. And now I get to concentrate fully on being an artist. I am so VERY excited for this new chapter in my life.
As for my blog, featuring animals has always been a big part of it. I will be continuing my 52 Weeks of Endangered Animals project. (I am behind, but I'll catch up in May). My Fur, Feathers & Scales series may not end, but it will be put on hold for a while. BUT, I do have some other upcoming exciting things to write about, because not only will I be a full time artist, my husband and I are moving back to our home town in Arkansas for a while. Moving back there is something we never thought we'd want to do. For many reasons. Some of which I will talk about eventually. But here we are, making the decision to live on my in-laws' land, in a home converted from horse stalls. Basically, we'll be living in a barn. And we'll have twenty chicken neighbors. And we can't wait to do it!
So with these two MAJOR changes in my life, there will still be plenty stories to be told. We'll have some barn house renovations to make and lots of farm gardening to do. We'll be making time for outdoor adventures and working on the VW van. And of course, there is so much wool art to be created. So stick around, friends. We'll have a great time.