Looking For My ‘Niche’

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1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one's niche in the business world.
3. a distinct segment of a market.
4. Ecology. the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
In the 70’s I grew up in a house with arched ceilings, a delivery door for the milkman, a mail slot in the wall next to the front door and niches in the walls of the living and dining room.
One night my cat, Muffy, decided to claim the niche above the fireplace as her own. My mom had decorated it with a large ceramic owl she had made. She woke all of us up when the very large owl came crashing down onto the stone of the hearth. Muffy was unfazed and sat regally in her new spot.
I have spent the last year working with different mediums and subject matter looking for that sweet spot-that niche that I can claim.
I feel like I’ll know it when I do it. Right now I am just enjoying each medium for it’s own unique traits and working on improving my skills in all mediums.
This last week I have been taking an advanced flower course in watercolors. I’m really loving it. There is magic with watercolor even when it is restrained and not ‘loose’. I have always loved the way botanicals looked as art pieces. I’m excited to finish the last two and frame the four of them to hang in my living room.
This year I plan to work on a series of botanicals of my own composition and offer them for sale.

Have you found your niche? Is it important?