When one becomes a mother you are told to look out for certain milestones in the development of your child, for example the first time he/she sits, or crawl (mine never did much crawling) or the first step, or the first word and so on.
Lately I wondered if there are certain milestones in an artistic career, and if one can call it that. For example the first sale of an artwork, the first gallery show, the first award etc.
Everyone develops at their own rate. Louise Bourgeois for example only received recognition late in her life, while Vincent van Gogh never did get much attention until after his death; and some receive acclaim just after they leave art school.
Last week I received news that for the first time my work was acquired by an Academic collection:
To some this might not seem like a big deal, but to me, I’m feeling the way a mother feels when she sees her child taking his/her first step!