“I am living that phrase, ‘Careful of what you wish for,'” says Salt Lake City artist Stephanie St. Thomas, who is gearing up for a very, very busy March. She has been accepted into the prestigious La Quinta Art Signature Event (Mar. 5 — 8), will be attending the Scottsdale Art Festival (Mar. 13 — 15) and will be participating in two Utah events: Eccles Art Center Art Auction in Ogden, Utah (March 7), and Art & Soup in Salt Lake City (March 24-26).
Saint-Thomas was born in Spain and lived in France and the Netherlands before moving to Utah when she was 14. A love for trees developed in those early nomadic years has deepened in Utah with every hike she takes with her husband, Tom, and their dogs.
Usually, she’s enjoying her time in the studio, “dusted in gold leaf, glitter, paint, listening to music or silence” as she looks out to the mountains that can be seen from her north-facing windows. But lately she’s been “immersed in the mundane details of planning how to store and pack paintings, arrange lodging & dog sitters, submit for sales permits, place show ads, sign show contracts, meet future show application deadlines, and organize my art studio.”
When the minutia of these tasks threaten the joy of creating, she’s careful to stand back and “think of people in my life who inspire, and support my work.”
I think of my beloved Aunt Wendy, who died last summer. She supported my art passionately; she listened; and, most of all, spoke her mind.
I also think of friends and supporters of my art who host me in their home when I am doing shows away from my home. Strange, how you can just meet someone and feel that beautiful, effortless connection. Art can do that. That effortlessness is what I strive for when I am painting.
I think of my husband, who does the heavy lifting — in more ways than one, and helps make the artistic journey possible. My mother, Diane, did the same for my father, Gregory Saint-Thomas.
The story of any artist surely includes the people around them. I have been very lucky. Just as the Aspen trees of Pando, are connected to each other, as a family, sharing nutrients to help each other thrive, so are the people in my life. Those still here, and those departed. I am going to paint and live mindfully this year.
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