There is nothing in the world that interests me more than the process of creativity. The process and the various motivators behind art making are fascinating and when combined with motherhood, it’s seriously a complex subject. When I thought of doing this series, I knew that the first person I wanted to include was Nichol Duenes. She has a flower child aesthetic that just speaks to me.
When did you start creating?
Since the day I could remember in my early childhood days, I have been creating and surrounded by the forest and its wild flowers and animals in a small town in Oregon where I would run around barefoot and play in the woods. These sweet memories have always been a part of me to this day.
What does “Art” mean to you?
Art is making known my thoughts and feelings to express my perspective of beauty and what is in my heart, and to put it on canvas to share with the world.
What is your medium of choice?
Mainly graphite pencil on paper & acrylic paint on canvas or wood panel.
Has motherhood altered your creative process? If so, in what ways?
Motherhood is what has inspired me to paint again, to balance being both a mother and a painter and combining the two together stirs up my heart and soul to express myself onto canvas. Which is why I paint, whatever it is at the time being, mainly fauna, grouped together. As a way of showing a shared bond or a relationship. Something I never knew or could understand, until after becoming a mother, that my children bring so much joy to my life and the relationship I have with each of my babes.
Do you involve your children in your process, or is it a personal experience for you?
Whenever I create, my children are always involved. I have an art studio corner that is set aside, but I am rarely there by myself. In fact, I go wherever my children go in the home and sketch or paint. My children will sometimes create alongside me or just want to chat while they play.
What do you do when you encounter a creative block?
When I am faced with a creative block, I have learned to overcome it by taking a breather and giving my mind a break. And I always come back with so much inspiration and then can create once again with a slightly new perspective on my own work.
If you could give creative mothers any piece of advice, what would that be?
It is hard work and a struggle to find balance with creating and motherhood, but keep at it each day and don’t give up your passions in life. Remember that each hour of the day is so precious and to use the day in a selfless way by giving your artwork to share with the world is a gift to others to enjoy, and giving yourself to your children is something far more valuable than anything!