Art Seasons

This reflection on 2018 is written for you, my dear Students, Friends and Art Lovers. Through you and your support, I keep enjoying and discovering the simple beauty of our friendship and art adventures together.

Let me share with you the gift of blessings I collected this bountiful year. You probably wonder why “Art Seasons”? As an artist, I create from season to season. I’m inspired by different scenery when travelling, by colour-changing nature, and by my favourite holidays. The result is a variety of fresh works and sketches.   


Exactly a year ago, January 2018, was marked with a most beautiful event in my art career. There was absolutely no way, I would have dreamt to have had, just a few months after having moved to a new country, when I barely knew people or places, to have such a blessing- it seemed a pure miracle!  January 9 – February 22 of 2018, was holding my first Solo Exhibition at the GORS Center in Rezekne!  Celebrated with some new and dear friends who made the day even brighter by showing up with smiles, beautiful hearts and lots of flowers! 


A March phone call brought some very exciting news!  The friendly and thoughtful manager of Fine Art Printing Ltd called us to say that an art studio space had become available in their funky old warehouse near Riga Port.  We visited that afternoon and signed the lease soon after.  It felt a supernatural gift with big windows and high ceilings and well heated too.  Almost immediately we were packing easels and paintings to move “my babies” from our overstuffed ‘home studio’ to a real Studio!


The highlight of the summer art news was the invitation to the Mark Rothko Center, to participate in one of the significant 100 years of Latvian Art events. It was surreal to believe that just a few months earlier, during the trip to Daugavpils from Rezekne, my husband and I were walking the very first time through the spring exhibits of the artists and photographers. And I was dreaming to have at least one painting of mine to be shown in this beautiful art centre with outstanding works of Mark Rothko. The dream came true. Here I was in Mark Rothko Art Center celebrating with the most talented Latvian and a number of internationally known artists.


Was marked with a series of fun “Art & Wine Nights” in my studio. The concept is relatively new to Latvia and it was rewarding to invite and teach groups of people, some taking up a brush for the first time, and introduce the joy of oil painting with great first results! 


As winter closed the year and another began, my December was blessed with the fulfilment of my deepest student wishes; to see all works in full in one place of my longtime teacher and inspiration, Peter Brueghel!   But more about this will be in my next post.

I simply love the start of a new season. Do you? When it comes, I hear the whisper of a new dream. It promises to be exciting and when you work hard and passionately to make this whisper a bit louder, to just maybe, echo back to its source and start again and again.

I wish you an artful Happy New Year ahead!


Taya Bell