THE WORKING CREATIVE | MAMA + MAKER

I've been wanting to share a little bit about myself here-especially for anyone wondering exactly what it is I do. Art consulting has largely been my career for the last decade. Its a great, creative gig; rewarding, challenging, ever-changing. Since becoming a mother almost 6 (?!!) years ago I found full time consulting increasingly hard to balance with family life. I've slowly transitioned from a focus primarily on consulting work to a concentration on creating art in the studio. My connections in the consulting world have provided me incredible work opportunities. I have been able to create everything from 20' sculptural wall installations to straightforward, two dimensional works with babies in my belly, on my back, at my side, or sleeping above me as I work into the wee hours. 

a VERY pregnant me with a stack of finished pieces for a big project earlier this year

a VERY pregnant me with a stack of finished pieces for a big project earlier this year

I'd be lying if I said it has been easy for me. I've strung myself out, stretched too thin by deadlines, responsibilities, money woes that go with working for yourself. I've faced plenty of business and parenting failures. I've also come to know myself as an artist and a mom and how these two roles can, in fact, benefit and enrich one another. Need angst to create great art? Sleep deprivation and self doubt abound in parenting! Need to fill the 12,000 hours that stretch from one nap to another? Time and space to create is one of the best gifts we can give our kids. Would my art be better if I didn't have kids? Maybe. I'm almost certain I'd get a hell of a lot more of it done. So many ideas I have now languish while time is scarce. But maybe childless me would still be 9-5ing it at a job I loved while making less and less time to create in my off hours. I'm really thankful that motherhood pushed me back into the studio. 

So all this to say I am starting a new series called WAYS TO WORK in which I hope to chronicle a bit of my story as an art consultant and self employed artist and dig up stories from other creatives: artists, collectors, consultants, designers, writers, gallerists, etc.  How are they making a creative life work for them? What are their struggles, successes, aspirations? Is there anyone you would like to hear from? Any questions for me? Hit me up, I'd love to chat!