What can I say? You had me at Happy Dance.
Although I knew we were creative kindred spirits after hearing your talk on the opening night of Squam Art Workshops last fall, I had no idea you would play such an important role in my life. The simplest way I can put it is to say that you have given my creative, desire-to-inspire spark a whole new life. This light never went entirely away, but a while back it went through a bit of a storm, lost some of its sparkle, and I then had to begin the work of building it back up to its original strength. When I met you, I had been fanning the flames, adding fuel, and focusing on the task at hand. When I met you, I knew I was moving in the right direction, but was still sometimes plagued by the worry that I might not be able to get it back to its full strength.
Every once in a while someone walks into my life to remind me of all that is good and passionate and clear in the world, and while I must acknowledge that my family, circle of friends and creative community is filled with such extraordinary people, there is something special about the light you shine, Jenny Doh. You once wrote (and I quoted you here on this blog not so long ago):
"The lesson I've learned through it all is this: work hard. ALWAYS WORK HARD. And always be committed to quality and attention to details. Because when you do, you create a foundation of credibility that can weather anything ... a foundation upon which you can construct with unbridled imagination, your destiny."
When I first read this, I already had the honor of working with you on a number of different projects, so I knew you were bona fide, but with these words you caused the spark within me to burst outward like a giant sparkler. You reminded me how simple it all really is - that no matter what, whether the sun is shining or the storms are raging, my best and most positive course of action is to do my best work. To sit quietly and let the storms pass in their own time, to get to work on a painting or a piece of writing or even a doodle instead of giving negativity one millisecond of air time.
Thank you Jenny Doh - for your passion, your positivity, your hard work, your exquisite attention to detail, and your commitment to all that is good and light and beautiful in the world.