As an expressive artist, this past year has had a profound effect on my work, and that effect has evolved over time. I began integrating my emotions about the political climate into my art early this past Fall. I was optimistic yet distressed by the tone of our national dialogue. My work reflected hope and fear. After the shock of the election, my work took an unexpected turn. Instead of expressing my profound sadness and anxiety, I found that I need to retreat in my work to a meditative state. The studio was my much needed zone of calm in a world that had changed over night. This has changed again since inauguration day. Since I crafted my first sign for the Women’s March, my work has been the art of protest, expressing unfiltered rage.