Over the past 3 years, my boyfriend and I traveled across the US searching for the perfect place to put down roots. We wanted to find a forever home in a progressive, small-ish town that valued the outdoors, community, and family. After many long car rides and lots of research, we finally settled on Durango, CO. So far, we've had a blast exploring this river valley and its surrounding peaks.
Before settling here, we moved 5 times in four years. Moving was stressful. I struggled to find creative inspiration when there was so much uncertainty in my life. When we moved here, I knew I had to take care of the little things before I could find my creative spark - like finding a doctor, a dentist, setting up utilities etc. A place can't feel like a home without friends, so meeting new people was also a priority. Especially in small towns like Durango, being social requires a lot of effort. You can't just walk down the street and find yourself at an organized social event. So, I ended up creating a group for people that are new to the town of Durango. It's been really fun. People that move here also value the outdoors - they want to go camping and hiking. They tend do be independent and have a homesteader, do-it-yourself-because-you-can mentality. A campfire or a hike has been a welcomed break from electronics. This has been especially refreshing because I spend so much time in front of a screen for work.
After getting back some normalcy, I finally returned to my studio last week. This was a great feeling because it means I'm becoming more sure of my surroundings. Above is some of my new work. Spring in the river valley has been inspiring my color palette. The river is extra high due to the snow run off and the fruit trees are exploding with blossoms. :)