What do you want your legacy to be?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why we are the way we are. That wonderful, weird creative combination that makes us unique, yet tied to those before us. It’s not something that’s passed down to us from just one family member; it spans across multiple generations that go right back in time. 

This contemplation inspired my new Legacy series, and I’m proud to introduce the first one, this imperious little lady in purples, peaches, pinks and turquoise who I’m simply calling “CHIC.”

Hand-Cut and Layered Fused Glass on a Vintage Wooden Mirror sourced from Franklin, TN.

44.5 x 31 x 1.75”

Exploring the characteristics that make one unique, “Chic” is the first in my Legacy series.

A testament to the various members of our family trees who merge to imbue us with their defining personality traits, I’ve used specific colors to represent each trait as well as abstracting old photographs to create a modern expression of how we, as individuals, come to be where we are today.

The result celebrates that we are an evolved version of those who came before us, asking questions, pushing boundaries, and moving forward exactly as we were destined to do.

We all want to try and leave an imprint on this world and leave behind something that can make the future a little brighter. Whether this is something you are known for, a family tradition or belief, or even a quirky little personality trait, it all comes together to make you YOU, and the mirrored reflection of my piece invites you to ponder that for yourself.

Think about what defining personality traits (whether good or bad) from your various family members you possess that influence who you are today.  As Chuck Palahniuk once said:

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

Knowing what you want your legacy to be can give your life meaning and purpose.

It will enable you to allow the legacy that you’re building to determine how you show up in the world each day.

You will live your life as if YOU matter, because you do.