Over the past 3 years, I traveled across the USA searching for the perfect place to put down roots. I spent my childhood in the Boston area, which I loved. But, I knew I eventually wanted to settle down in a small mountain town.
After many long car rides and lots of research, I finally decided on Durango, CO. Durango is a river town that sits at the base of some of the largest peaks in the United States. I like their massiveness & ruggedness. The mountains remind me that we are all part of a much larger, natural world.
In this small town, life moves at a slower pace. People value community and the outdoors. This grounds me and helps me focus on the more meaningful parts of life. There are hundreds of thousands of acres of BLM, Wilderness, and National Forest land around my town. I go hiking or off-roading at least 3X a week in the warm months. And, I get to go camping a lot. I like being in environments where I have to be totally self sufficient.
Before settling here, I 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 I moved here, I knew I had to take care of the little things before I could find my creative spark - like unpacking all the boxes and getting internet (it took months!).
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 bit more effort. 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. :)