Remember I told you guys about National Portfolio Day? Well, it paid off! My daughter just got an email that she's been accepted into the School of Visual Arts in New York, her first-choice art school!!! What a HUGE accomplishment. My husband and I are bursting with pride. For a long time I doubted that Amy would ever work hard at anything - her low self-esteem has always made her afraid to try because she was so afraid to fail. But, beginning less than two years ago, she finally found something she truly wanted, and she went after it. And she WON. For a crucial year and a half, she had the benefit of private lessons with an exceptionally gifted and inspirational art teacher. Look him up online: Julian Tejera, who worked with Amy until he moved to California at the end of this past summer. If you'd like to help me thank him by, say, commissioning a portrait from him, please do! His depth of knowledge is vast for someone in his late 20's, and it's matched by both his talent and his kindness. I expect that he'll be in great demand as a portraitist one day, so why not get in on the ground floor now, while it's still a bargain? Tell him I sent you.
Anyway. I digress. Yes, Julian is awesome, but my daughter earned every bit of her success by dint of her own hard work and dedication over the last couple of years. She lifted up her grade-point average, worked diligently on her drawing and painting skills, and wrote an awesome college essay about - who else? Julian.
Seeing how proud she is of her achievement - well. This is one of the best days I've had in a very long time.
p.s. Don't worry. My kids are still idiots. I wouldn't have it any other way.