Drawing inspiration from the water means understanding that change is constant. As our Society rounds the mark on 2020, we look forward to a new year with hope and appreciation.
We are creating much more than art, we are crafting creative lives and creative community. Whether we join ASMA with thoughts of how we can benefit from membership, or join to contribute knowledge and skills, along the way we find we’re part of a unique and cohesive community. Our Society is not just artists, but also those who make our art possible.
As we celebrate the lives of members who left us too soon, including my mother, Stu Egeli, who helped make ASMA what it is today, and Greg LaRock, a good friend and mentor to many of us, let’s remember to treasure all of the connections we share and do our best to lift each other up every day.
In the coming year there is reason to be hopeful, a vaccine for Coronavirus is just around the corner, and this will eventually allow ASMA to safely bring our members together in person again. Until then, we’ll do our best to provide education and promotion through these beautiful magazines, our website, exhibitions, and other opportunities.
This will be my last letter to you as President, as my term will end in January, and I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve the Society. It’s been a humbling experience and an honor, and I have learned a lot from many of you. I believe in this organization and its members now more than ever, and I know you will stay inspired and keep striving for excellence in marine art. Here’s hoping we see each other soon.
My best to you all,