The birth of my first child in 2005 and second in 2007 changed everything. I had focused my childless years on the entertainment business in Los Angeles, believing I would return to my art and writing “someday”. My husband and I moved to a small Northern California town in 2008 to raise our family. Two years later, my youngest was entering preschool.
In 2010 I began a daily blog, “Watching The Paint Dry” committing myself to art while still being a stay at home mom. I shared my life and vulnerabilities, every day, for a year. In that time, I established a pace of work that complimented the reality of raising two small girls. I found art and parenting can coexist and inform each other.
Since then, my career has grown and so have my children. Ideas about art and maternal engagement have shifted. We have all aged out of the norms that served my work and our connection. They have become artists in their own right. They can read this blog! Work about motherhood is no longer just about me, it is about us. I will focus on creating new boundaries and check in with my family before I share their images or thoughts online.
This summer June 16 - August 30, 2016 I will undergo a self-imposed artist residency in order to fully explore the shifting pace of studio life, digital engagement, and parenting tween girls. I will document my progress online and improve the physical space where I work and share. I will create work to financially supplement this process and build a digital space to continue featuring and selling my work online.
Thank you for joining me. If you would like to learn more about my work, please visit my bio here.
This project is inspired by Artists Residency in Motherhood. To learn more about it or start your own, please see the links in my first blog post.