This was a decision that happened for me organically, first working at the coffee shop, then with the art space, then my living space. I have found that Amesbury is a very close-knit community with an appreciation of the arts, of history, and of culture. The Amesbury Open Studios event in November of 2014 was one of the first markets that I ever participated in and was a guest vendor at 14 Cedar Street Studios and was enamored by the town and all that it had to offer. I think working at the Bakehouse was invaluable to establishing contacts and building relationships in Amesbury. After years of living and teaching internationally, it feels really great to be more rooted, to walk from my apartment to my art studio to the bank and the post office and local shops, to see familiar faces everyday and to have become invested in this community. My life is smaller, slower and more simple, in the best possible way.