Encaustic Arts Magazine WINTER 2017 - Page 15

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” —-Rūmī Never before have I felt more alive as I do now living an art-filled life in which I am continually inspired and surrounded by art lovers and art makers! It is a passion. It is a lifestyle. It is a feeling of completeness. It is being filled with gratitude. I have been a full-time artist since my children were small and although I juggle motherhood and an art career, I have somehow found a way to make it all work. Many of my friends are curious as to how I do it all, and I am always happy to share my thoughts on ‘creating a life of art’. Focus and dedication to your art are probably the biggest first steps that any artist can take. Currently I am represented by six fabulous galleries across the country as well as owning my own contemporary gallery in Door County, Wisconsin. This is in addition to having a dedicated studio practice. I have to say BALANCE is part of the equation as well. I learned many years ago that If I was going to choose art as a career, it was important to actually be working in the studio! Although I feel that ‘play in life’ is important, I remember to keep my studio time at the forefront. I have two studios and each is set up for painting at any given moment. My Michigan studio is quiet, serene and peaceful with a few good distractions such as friends, family, my horses and nature. It is a large space attached to my home where the majority of my large works are created. The gallery I own in Wisconsin is where I have a separate smaller studio which sits high above the water on a bluff in the treetops. I find inspiration and joy in each of these places and have created environments where I have ‘no excuses’ for why I can’t create art.