BarbTUSA with ButterfliesDuring my struggle with colon cancer in 2011, I began to visualize a magical destination and marketing initiative for creative entrepreneurs to produce, perform, promote and sell their works. I had been watching and studying the blossoming of the creative economy for three years by then. That vision manifested into Art WOW, a digital advertising and destination arts marketing initiative, which I started to launch in Spring 2012. Months later, upon discovering that I still had much to do in getting myself back to a healthy place; physically, mentally, and spiritually, I put my plans on simmer. Seven years later, just before we reached the halfway mark for 2019, my role as a full-time cancer caregiver came to an end.  At the time I never imaged wrapping up estate matters would take more than a few months. Here we are in 2021 and while I’m still dealing with a few estate issues, I am finally beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Feeling more confident that I will be free to pursue my passion for creating art full-time.