First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR to our friends near and far! It was amazing to connect with so many new and longtime friends on our travels this past year. And on that note…Wow! What can I say about 2021, except what a wild ride it was!!
Coming into January 2021 several of our events had already cancelled or postponed and the world still seemed to be stuck on pause. Like everyone else we really had no idea what to expect so we made the decision to go for broke and hit the road.
We started the year with a couple smaller events and spent a week in Scottsdale at the famous Barrett Jackson auction. But it wasn’t until late April that the flood gates opened, and we really hit the gas. We had a great show at the Fountain Hills Spring Art Festival in Arizona, then came my first museum exhibition for the Petrol series at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in New York. The exhibit titled “Rare Air” showcased an amazing collection of rare Porsches owned by renowned architect Steven Harris. I created a series of five large pieces that I titled “Abstracted Air” to display alongside his beautiful cars. What a treat! Shortly following the museum opening we headed off to Florida for the Amelia Island Concours…another amazing event!
I was able to take some time off in June to celebrate our youngest graduating from high school and finish several new pieces before the opening of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and a summer gallery installation at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. I must admit, having to spend the summer in Laguna Beach wasn’t too shabby!
August took us to Monterey for Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’s RetroAuto. Despite international travel being restricted and shipments around the globe stalled, it ended up being quite a fantastic event! Other events throughout the summer and fall included the San Marino Classic, the 356 Club Concours, Cars in the Canyon, San Diego Art Walk, our first Audrain Motor Week in Rhode Island, the Beverly Hills Art Show and in November the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Whew! But there wasn’t any rest for us just yet.
We still had our final art show in Arizona and then took off for Texas to deliver several commissioned works…and have some fun – our two-week adventure allowed us to visit with family and friends and see some spectacular places! The perfect way to wrap up the year.
I gotta tell you, there was no way to predict, plan or make things happen last year. But by God’s grace, here we are reflecting on some unbelievable experiences and people we met throughout last year. We’re holding loosely as we prepare for this year and its current set of unknowns, but moving forward, nonetheless.
I know you didn’t hear from me a whole lot last year – but as you can see, I was pretty busy. This year however, I’m hoping to be a smidge more communicative, nothing obnoxious, but hoping for at least once a month.
Regardless, I hope that 2022 has our paths crossing here, there, or somewhere! And I hope we can laugh, celebrate something good and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us!
Until then, be well my friends!