Love Was Always The Reason

The Reason was Always Love

“Love Was Always The Reason” original by Kim Nelson

make love the reason

Reading lots of Franciscan literature lately, I’ve been inspired to focus on living from a perspective of love and letting go of judgement. It’s so easy to make assumptions and take a stand in reference to others’ actions. I want to remember that experience informs behaviors; and I often do not know what another has been through.

practice letting go

So to better understand others and to do my part to bridge the widening American social divide, I make the effort to let go of assumptions and judgement, to look for the good in others, and to understand the meaning of their words and their actions.

a gathering of contraries is the school of love

And I remind myself that exposure to otherness, difference, something/one not of my ilk provides the opportunity to grow in love. Seems the best possible reason to seek that which is not quite like me.

what are your thoughts?

How do you make your world a little better?

How can we close the widening divide? 

Share your thoughts in the comments section!


The original 5″x5″ of “Love Was Always The Reason” is still available. Contact me here for information. 

Prints in all sizes are available in my shop.

Red Mountain

Red Mountain, Prints Available

Red Mountain, Original Acrylic by Kim Nelson


who doesn’t love red?

I love red in the dining room. Have you ever noticed that lots of traditional or continental restaurants have red walls, seating or art? Red makes us hungry, I suppose; but it also makes us happy and conversational. 

Speaking of conversations

I recently went to a community dinner at Old Vine Cafe located in The Camp in Orange County, California where bold pieces by local artists hung on the walls, great food came out in six courses and informative conversations flowed. We talked about art, travel, food and wine and life in an engaged community. If you have a chance to attend a community or wine dinner, DO IT! You’ll be glad you did. And maybe you’ll see some good local art and enjoy a lively conversation.

and local art…

The original Red Mountain is not available, but you can order prints in every size and shape from my shop. And if you want to see more, follow me on Instagram where I post daily.



I painted this the day President Donald J Trump forsook his promise to represent and protect the LGTBQ community.

Create Everyday

Create Every day. That’s my motto. Be a maker, a baker, a writer, poet, painter. Be a parent, a gardener, musician, caregiver. Create. Every Day!  

I’ve created art all my life. I received my first oil painting kit when I was 8 or 10; (Do you remember, Mom?) and I never stopped making. I rarely shared my work, but that’s changing. 

Here is one of the recents:

Original Art

Visit my shop for more art!