I am a stay at home mother and artist at heart. I love my day job, and couldn't be more blessed to be doing what I'm doing. It is critical that I include my artistic process into my day. Typically, that means that I am painting while my kids are napping.
Most of the time I am in my studio, but occasionally I work from the drivers seat of a minivan while they are asleep in their carseats in the back. Out of desperation, I have hand crafted a 6 color mini watercolor palette using an old altoids tin and some plastic gerber baby food lids. It is amazing how compatible art and motherhood are.
In 2002, I graduated with a BFA in Painting and Photography. I then spent a large portion of my career climbing the corporate ladder. Somehow I always managed to find an artistic outlet even in the most mundane of jobs. And, if I could't be artistic at work, I took on part time jobs to satisfy that need. I have taught art to socio-economically disadvantaged children with the Salvation Army. I once moved to upstate NY for a summer to teach photography at a performing arts camp.
You could say that the love of art is in my bones. Both of my maternal grandparents were highly inspirational to me growing up. My grandfather used to tell the best stories of how he had found the latest piece for his collection. My grandmother, a master watercolorist.
Being a mother has proven to be the greatest artistic endeavor thus far. Balancing the love of nurturing and protecting our children all day while finding the time to satisfy the need to produce has been quite an interesting challenge. However, it has provided me with a great opportunity for artistic growth. Honestly, before my time crunch, I would spend unlimited amounts of time doling over the same painting. Now, I have 50 minutes. Maybe less, Maybe more. The art needs to be right the very first time. The color accurate. The proportion exact. The value correct. I cannot be lazy. I love it.
Read more about my process and goals in a recent newspaper article: here.
Photo credit: Ralph Musthaler, The Daily Times