Measuring Success

There are many ways to measure our success. One thing is for sure—we need a new kind of measuring sticks to measure success these days, especially as we survive —perhaps better to say LIVE—through the pandemic.

30” x 20” – Oil on Canvas – Woman in Afghan Dress

For some years, I measured my success based on how often I spent time in the wilderness. How many times did I go hiking? How often did I go running? Those are really rewarding ways to measure success. Spending less time inside, and spending more time elsewhere, builds more vivid experiences, which are the foundation of producing great paintings.

In the recent years, I have been measuring my success by the number of faces that I have painted, and by the colors that I am able to see. Along the way, I have met wonderful people and heard stories of their lives.