In 2011, I began the Safety series which is about the need to take care of myself, so that I can continue in my role as a caregiver. Being a caregiver is more than being a parent. There are additional stresses and responsibilities. When you spend all your time and energy taking care of someone else, it is easy to forget to take care of yourself. It is easy to work so hard for someone else that you lose sight of your own wellbeing. And eventually there is nothing left to give and no energy to give it. It requires a certain amount of selfishness. I wanted these paintings to convey a peace that I was searching for, a safe place. They are light or bright pieces and began to take on some landscape style formations within the composition. Within the Safety series is a sub-series called America. All of these paintings are still figurative, however, I have changed the palette to be more traditionally landscape so they have more earth tone coloring. The America pieces take on a landscape feeling to further the idea of being in a safe / happy place. I want them to feel like they could really be somewhere, even though they are imaginary. Painting is, for me, a way to nourish my own soul.