I grew up in an artist family; my parents owned a pottery for 20 years, which was attached to our house, so there was never a moment in my childhood where they weren’t throwing pots, decorating, or working on other artistic ventures. My mother also painted beautiful, vibrant, and abstract oil paintings. I have memories of her being lost in her paintings for days on end, and now I can relate! I was born to be a maker / creator, and what I love most about being an artist is living out a career that I was born to do. I feel extremely blessed! And... I am not going to lie, my kids talk A LOT, painting allows my brain to be quiet for hours on end, which gives this momma the mental downtime that I need!
If I am talking to you, you probably don't know it, but I am no doubt studying how the shadows and highlights form shapes on your face. I am looking at the colors of light bouncing of your expressions and I am planning in my head how I might paint that one day. I do the same when I am driving... I am looking at the shapes that the valleys and mountains form and how color has a play in creating that form. I paint in shapes... I never try to paint an entire picture, I am always trying to paint the shapes that form the entire picture.
There is a certain amount of satisfaction gained from painting all subjects. That being said I am really enjoying my wallpaper series that I am currently working on. This is a mash-up of masculine meets feminine, this way I can pick all my favorite subjects and put them together into one painting.