2. How long have you been painting? I have been painting/crafting ever since I was little, but I have been professionally painting for almost 14 years now.
3. How did you know you wanted to be an artist? I don’t think I realized that you really could be a professional artist. I was a pretty average student in school but always had a tunnel vision for art projects. I loved sewing machines, paints, friendship bracelets, just using my hands to make things.
4. How would you describe your personal style? How does this affect your work? My personal style is pretty eclectic, but simple. Mixing jeans and a white t-shirt with some funky sunglasses. But overall, I’m attracted to simple clothes for everyday wearing. I love a good statement dress and bold print for special occasions.
5. Describe your most memorable moment as an artist so far? It’s hard to choose just one…very hard. And I feel like my career has been made up of a lot of special little moments. I think that a moment that has really meant a lot to me was when I was able to hire my college roommate to work with me as my graphic designer and project manager. She has really meant a lot to my business and is truly my #1 cheerleader for my work. I tell her all the time that her encouragement keeps me going. I’m just truly thankful for her and all the ways she cares for me personally and for the business.
6. What has been your biggest struggle as an artist so far? I think that I’m always trying to find a happy medium of the allusive work/life balance. I think that there are seasons where I feel like I have the stamina to try and grow the business and there are seasons where it feels hard to just keep up with the day to day…I feel like the biggest struggle would probably be the struggle with wanting to be available to my family and children, but to also just maintain what we have going on with work.
7. You are a busy mom of 3 young girls, how do you balance work and family time? I have three young girls (3,5, and 7) with wild schedules of preschool drop offs and after school activities (like most families of young kids) and my days often take sharp turns from a day that I thought would be productive with art to a day that is now caring for a child. As unpredictable and wild as our schedule is, I am absurdly grateful that I have a type of business that allows me to be at home when I need to.
8. How do you feel about seeing your prints on clothing, particularly these Easter styles? I am wildly obsessed with Pink Chicken! It is always a true honor to work with Pink Chicken to create something for my girls! In the past, they’re the pieces that I keep and put aside for my kids’ kids one day and I just think the quality and colors are so special and unique. Seeing my girls in the dresses just explodes my mama heart!
9. Any sneak peeks or hints on any upcoming works? We’re always working on something! We have some new prints coming out soon for our Spring Collection that we’re excited about!
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