By my feet is my most recent open studio piece. It was on display for our first ever art therapy show in York commons. The artist statement I have for it is this: Feeling like I’m not enough has always been a problem for me. When my Dad was alive, he always took the time to listen and validate my feelings. He would agree with me, often imitating my emotion with a humorous remark. I realized I was missing his warmth during Thanksgiving: our first holiday since he passed. I was upset because no one had been mirroring my emotions or providing me with warmth like he did. Dad loved nature. The only place where I felt validated and given a sense of warmth anymore was in nature. My growing was mirrored by the plants growing. This is my place to mourn. I’m still working on feeling like I’m enough, but my nature walks help.