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2017

2017 was rough. It was rough physically, mentally, artistically. I thought 2016 was bad but I was not prepared for what was next. 

Despite all the negatives, I can't help but notice the good the came out of them--albeit not many. Here's a small list of what the year held for me:

I pretty much stopped doing what I love the most: creating art. 
I sought help for my mental illnesses.

I hit the lowest point I've ever experienced.
I worked almost nonstop with animals and created an even better relationship with my clients and their pups (and a few kitties!)

I lost one of my best friends.
I recognized that I deserve to be treated better and stopped allowing others to make me feel less than what I truly am.

My depression, anxiety, and eating disorders suddenly became very severe after having them somewhat under control for a few years. 
I told my mom I was seeking therapy, have actually made progress, and have found new passions in various lifestyle changes.

So because I didn't create much art, I don't have a post of my favorite photos taken this year or an end of the year video as I have in the past. But 2017 was such an incredible year for other artists, and I took a step back to reevaluate a lot of things. In doing so, I fell in love with art again and I have a lot of people's art I want to share. 

Here are some of my favorite art pieces and some of my favorite artists. Maybe you'll find some new people to follow, new inspirations. Enjoy!


Anam Merchant
@amerchantphoto

Best friend. Favorite human. Favorite artist. I am her biggest fan. 


Nicole Solero
@nicolesolero

Nicole created some of my favorite art of all time. So glad I came across her instagram, 


Luccia Mia
@Lucci.Mia

Luccia's images and colors are so damn nice


Lori Gutman
@lorigutmanphotos

Just take a look at her work. Is there anything else that needs to be said?


Angelo Kritikos
@angelokritikos

1. Demi Lovato (i mean come on how could I resist?) 2. So. Dramatic. I love it. 


Kalle Björklid
@kalle.bjorklid

Love how raw the images are, reminds me of old punk photos. So damn good.


Karen De La Fuente
@rocket

Karen's work has honestly inspired me so much the past year, I'm so glad she exists. 


Ariel Kassulke
@arielkassulke

Ariel is so damn talented. I love her portraits, seriously take a look. 


Ryan Watanabe
@ryanvwatanabe

You've probably seen his work all over the place but I'm here to remind you how talented he is. The square post is a video, click it and thank me later. 


Lily McLaughlin
@lily.p.mclaughlin

Lily's portraits are everything. Seriously the biggest inspiration lately.


Guadalupe Bustos
@_lupe

His work is so clean and unique. I love seeing his progress from when he first started with The Maine and now. Truly inspiring to follow his journey.


Savana Ogburn
@savanaogburn

I love Savana's ability to mix art mediums. It's unapologetic, fun, colorful, creative. I'm a huge fan of all the things she creates.

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