As a child, I was always drawing, coloring, and painting. I loved anything miniature, and on beaches and in woods I created tiny houses of natural materials. In my room I created miniature rooms out of cupboards, created small furnishings, and made tiny dolls to inhabit the worlds I created. But it wasn’t until I became a mother that I started to wonder if I could make a career out of it.
Becoming a mother will always remain the most extraordinary, life changing event of my life. Meeting and falling in love with my husband, who has always encouraged me, and believed in me, being the second. I wanted my children to grow into people who weren’t afraid to be who they were – people who listened to their own hearts, and didn’t just do what they thought was expected of them.
Motherhood gave back my childhood view of the world once more. The view that the world is a place where you can fill your days with exploring, dreaming, and discovering. Where you can find out just what is it you are capable of, no matter what your life’s calling. I could think of no better way of sharing and teaching this to my beautiful daughter and son, than to live it myself.
And so I embarked on a sort of journey. It has been long, it hasn’t been easy, and it certainly isn’t over, (and thank goodness for that).
I am older now, hopefully wiser; perhaps even a better artist than when I began. I have collectors across the US and all over the globe. I have been blessed to be able to stay home to create my art. I have been blessed to meet wonderful people everywhere in the world. I am still over the moon when someone contacts me to say they have just discovered my fantasy figures, and to tell me how much they love them.
My art is ever changing, as I am always changing. I still love to paint, to draw, but from that early childhood love of creating tiny things within tiny worlds, comes the desire to create fairies, or other creatures, that I can hold in my hands; Tiny fantasy figures, that one could imagine really exist somewhere, and most importantly, art that brings joy and inspire dreams to those who collect them, as much joy as I have gained from creating them.
I read a quote once, and anyone who knows me knows I love quotes! But this particular quote became my mantra, and it soon quelled those fears of failure. It is from Aristotle, and I have it above my workspace where I can read it every morning:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Artists do not become excellent in their first attempts; it takes months, often years of practice. We are not great artists because we painted one great painting, or sculpted one great piece; we become great artists when we resolve to do the work, each and every day to become better at what we do.