I had my first solo show five years ago today. I didn’t realize it was my first solo show until after I installed the work and went back to view it during the art walk in downtown Hollywood, FL. I had met Sally, the owner of SMASH beauty lounge maybe a month or two before in her shop, struck up a conversation about my art and, she looked at my work, liked it and she said I could display in her space. So I did. I created some paintings just for her place, separate from my daily art.
I found this blog post from back then that talked a little about it;
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