This might not be what you’d expect, but I fell in love today at the Denver International Airport. There I was with too many bags and two good friends walking into a gift shop that contained too much glass for me to be entering. My eyes were immediately drawn to the canvases in the right corner where color, images and words collided into beauty. As if I were casting off burdens from years of self-doubt, pity or worry, my tangible bags sat heavily around my feet while my fingers floating over the cellophane-wrapped prints.
Who is she? What’s her story? She’s probably some local, I thought to myself.
I had so many questions and yet I wanted to savor the words and the depth of the work. I found her book and immediately started reading about the person behind this work. I smiled in disbelief when I read, “Kristen currently lives in Northern Michigan with her three children, Anya, Mia and Van.”
Who would’ve thought that across the country, in a store I’ve passed dozens of times, I would eventually discover the creativity of an artist living mere hours from me. I can’t help but think it’s serendipity.