I have someone new for you to meet, Lisa, the force behind Speranza Jewelry.
Living in Annapolis, MD, this part time jewelry maker, full time employee of a DC news agency still finds time to stock both an Etsy shop and an Artfire shop.
A believer in Pablo Picasso's ideals, she believes that "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
And when she's immersed in color in form in her little jewelry studio, she's found a refuge from the digital images and rhetoric of Washington politics.
Everyone in DC should be so lucky.
I've been to DC to visit, and I really love it there, but I imagine living there could get to a person after a while. I imagine, surrounded by politicians, wheeling and dealing, and especially working for an agency that reports on all the misery and corruption, that it's not easy to maintain hope.
Lisa does it anyway, even naming her jewelry business after the concept. Speranza means "hope" in Italian.
To learn more about her, be sure to check out her blog.