Tuesday, January 7, 2014
A little about me :
I graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1995. I had a burning desire to be someone, to DO something and at the end of it all - teach art. I knew I was an artist and I knew that I was good with people, so - I left home and attended Anderson University.
With high hopes - to be an artist.. I quickly discovered school was quite lonely. I missed home - missed family and missed everything that I was familiar with. I went home for a weekend - and was in a near fatal car accident. My life flashed before my eyes. For a solid week - I was hospitalized and my family waited to see if I would pull through.
Diagnosis : aortic tare, 12 broken ribs, fractured pelvis, Broken collar bone and 2 collapsed lungs.
By the grace of God - I lived! Here I am.
The day came where I had to make a decision - and I took the logical approach not to return to art school. I took a year to recover, including learning how to walk, bathe, get in a car again. I cried a lot. Painting from my bedside - I got frustrated often.. I wanted to paint what I saw when I died. However, I couldn't.
I recovered, I packed up and moved to Indianapolis where I was ready to start my life over. Bought a ticket to Europe for my 21st birthday and headed to London. I was chasing my dreams. Determined to be an artist - once again.
Little did I know, my life was about to take another turn. While sitting on the toilet in a hotel in Zürich, Switzerland - staring at the positive sign on my pregnancy test.. I was indeed pregnant with my first child, Aidan.
The news opened my eyes to a new me and for the first time I felt like I was forced to focus and take something seriously. I had a purpose outside of myself. I had no idea what that looked like but I planned to make it good. Once again - my life was re-routing. For the first time, I truly had to focus and take something seriously. I was confident - and I really wanted to make motherhood a priority. I wanted to make it good!
Fifteen years later - here I am, a mother artist, balancing both worlds and loving it. I had a studio at The Harrison Center in downtown Indianapolis. I am married and mother six children. I truly believe that everyone should follow their dreams. That balance is possible. You can have it all - if you want it badly enough. I love being a mother and I love art - I love it so much that I created MAP. I look at it as a well of inspiration..a database of very creative women. This project was created to inspire. To create a sisterhood of artists. This blog is a behind the scenes look into the lives of hardworking mother artists. Its about being a female artist and mother. Its about the marriage of the two. The woes, the thrills and the balancing act. Its about honesty and the journey, the stories of mother artists around the world. My goal is to share this with you through words and photographs.
Thank you for your curiosity, support and here's to mothering - and making amazing art!