I was 9 when I decided that I wanted to be an artist. I remember it specifically! There was just nothing else I wanted to do. I went though a period in high school where I thought it would be more responsible to go into a more dependable field, I even applied and was all ready to go through ASU’s Nursing program. Then at the last minute I realized I had to listen to my heart and major in art.
Well, I find for my kids, they are most creative when they are away from screens and given free range to explore and make things without worry about the mess. (we clean up afterward). I always have paper, crayons, markers, watercolors, clay, etc around for the kids to use. Also, sending them outside seems to help as well. I think the workforce is changing so much with the rise of technology. I think that creativity and thinking out of the box is going to be a high priority for many companies.
I’m not so sure I balance as much as juggle haha! I try to not let work take over my day, which can be really hard sometimes. I try to keep for the most part to a schedule-mornings are getting kids ready for school, cleaning, shopping, running errands, and shipping. Afternoons are for painting or sketching. evenings are dinner, family time, bedtime. Evenings I usually catch up on emails or do invoicing. It is not always the same and sometimes I have to be flexible- (kid staying home sick or something) but for the most part this schedule has really helped me get things done without letting it consume my life.
This one is a tough one for me. I try to take time for myself but it doesn’t always happen. Some mornings I will get up early and run with my best friend, some days I will take a nice long bath in the evening. Getting outside is something that always refreshes my mental health and makes me feel happy. I think just knowing when I need to stop and take a break or rest is the hardest part for me. I do find if I catch it early or plan ahead to take time for myself I am much happier than if I wear myself ragged and THEN take some time to myself if that makes sense.
I have 5 children, so spending one on one time with each one is tricky. I try to take any opportunity I can to connect with my kids. I used to think it needed to be big and over the top to be special, but i’ve learned that even the littlest, simplest interactions can build relationships just as well if not better. If I find all my kids at friend’s houses except one, I will try to take at least a little time to read to them, or have them work one on one with me, or do something they like to do. Reading to my kids is my very favorite thing to do as a mother.
I have, actually! I have illustrated some books for my friends and have always thought it would be fun to write and illustrate my own. I loved illustrating Nappy and interpreting the words into pictures in my mind, and then watercolors on a page. It is a different kind of creative for me than painting portraits, so it is fun.
I have so many talented mvp mom friends! That is a really hard choice. I am always amazed by my best friend Reachel Bagley and how she is able to do everything she does (which is a lot) so well!
My paintings are inspired by things that touch me emotionally when I see them. Colors, faces, nature, design. I love finding something I feel passionate for or about and trying to paint it or the feeling of it. I find the more excited or passionate I am about something, the easier it is for me to paint.