I just want to start out by saying here that my mom is a badass.
She is an inherently creative person who has always supported my dreams and my pursuit of them.
She has also always strived to pursue her own, even in the midst of raising two children, often while working full-time. She does not give up.
I have a lot of memories of us all working on our separate art projects together, but one of the most vivid is when she was making watercolour illustrations for her own book. We would all spend the evenings on the couch in the basement together, watching the food network or cheesy sitcoms. She spent the day teaching at a Montessori school and then she would come home and work on her book. She made some of the most beautiful watercolour paintings I had ever seen at that time. The one that stands out in my memory was of a great, powerful oak tree whose roots went deep down into the earth.
Throughout my childhood and adolescence, she participated in and brought Chloe and I to many art fairs, community art exhibitions and workshops. She would often keep a special place on her table for a piece made by each of us. Her main practice at the time was the creation of healing paintings. She would inscribe Reiki symbols or paint secret messages on the canvases and then paint over top of them. The cropped detail above is of a piece that she made several years ago, inspired by the Hawaiian practice of forgiveness called Ho’oponopono.
The above image is a detail of her painting called “Blueberry Moon”. It is the first in an ongoing series of depictions of the full moon. She is also working a lot with the theme of water. She paints with rain water, water from specific lakes and rivers, water charged under the full moon. Anything that she can think of to imbue her work with magic. She even leaves her canvases outside during thunderstorms to collaborate with the forces of nature.