Taking a break and letting go

One of the pioneers of the struggle for women’s recognition in the art establishment, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) rose to become one of the most celebrated artists in the United States. Her work retained this importance throughout the rest of her 98-year life and beyond the grave. She died in 1986. However, it was an incident over half a century before this for which she will arguably be most remembered. In 1932, after falling far behind on a Radio City Music Hall mural, O’Keeffe suffered an intense nervous breakdown. It was only after a period of hospitalization and not painting for two years that she was able to rekindle her life’s love of creating art.

Taking a break is sometimes needed, can happen without warning and can end on it’s own terms; however, “letting go” are important words to remember…