joy is a choice

Heart Rocks
Colorful Coneflowers: Watercolor Joy
a handful of violets
Spring Joy: Strawberries

Every day we're confronted with this choice: to choose joy... or not.

It's not an easy choice. I often struggle to see life's beauty and magic. The news headlines prove, day after day, that life is ugly and filled with greed and hate. And on a more personal scale, life regularly throws us challenges. I've had my fair share . My first leap for my creative dreams was a complete failure. At that point my marriage nearly fell apart and my relationship with my parents was strained nearly to breaking. That's when I first decided to choose joy. And life got better. 

It's still a constant struggle to battle life's challenges and ugliness with creativity, beauty and gratitude, but each and every day I make a point to choose joy.

I hope I can help you to choose it, too.

subscribe to my joyletter!

Each month I'll send you a note in your email. Call it a newsletter, or better yet, call it a JOYLetter. These notes are filled with inspiration. I share the beauties and joys of the changing seasons. I share garden fresh recipes. I recommend inspiring books. I open the door to my studio and give you glimpses of my most recent art. (Take a look at a recent JoyLetter here).


The JoyLetters are an antidote to the ugliness and hate in the news. My intention is to inspire you to choose gratitude and joy, to embrace creative living in your own, beautiful way.

I do hope you'll join me in choosing joy.

Please be sure to add anne to your address book so the JoyLetter ends up in your inbox, not your junk folder!

With Love from Anne
Beauty in Imperfection
Pansy Watercolor Painting by Anne Butera
Rose Petals
Green Zebra Tomatoes

A note about my JoyLetters: I can't stand an overflowing inbox...

and neither can you. That's why I only send out my newsletters monthly. If I have big news or an exciting project that I just can't wait to share, I may throw in an extra newsletter here or there, but don't worry, I won't be inundating you with email.

Interested in staying in touch on a more regular basis? Connect through my blog, published once a week or Instagram where I share photos almost daily. And you can contact me anytime if you have a question, comment or want to talk about my art.

I never share or sell your email address and if you no longer want to receive my newsletter, simply unsubscribe.

Maple Seeds