Willow Magazine CREATING LIFE - Page 51

Talitha Walterfang


Which came first - motherhood or art?

For me it was art. I've been painting ever since I can remember.

What inspires your work? Share your creation process with us.

I'm inspired by people. I love capturing faces, feelings, moments. I go to a deep place of meditation when I paint. It's not something that I can just switch on and off... Inspiration can come from anywhere, anytime. When I'm deep in that place of creation I feel more like a channel, like I watch myself paint, and often that my artist ancestors come and guide me through my work.

Tell us about those munchkin/s that made you a mama!

I have two wonderful daughters, Dyani 6, and Tiana 17 months. They've been my greatest challenge and biggest blessing. Dyani's a gentle quiet girl who loves all animals and is very content in her own space, whereas Tianas personality is wild and energetic, like a little firecracker, and so much more demanding than Dyani was at her age. They are the light of my life.

Your mothering style in 3 words.

Natural. Honest. Goofy.

When and where do you create from?

I have a studio set up in my garden. At the moment I don't find a lot of time to paint, because it requires a lot of undisturbed focus, but I plan to set up a baby monitor so I can sneak out during nap times for a quick play.

I do a lot of commission photography on the weekend when dad can watch the kids, and I do that in the studio, at events and out in nature.

How has motherhood shaped your art?

In a way it's deepened it, as being a mom has taken me to places far deeper and more raw than I could have ever imagined.

What’s your favourite medium?

Oil paint.

How do you balance business, art and motherhood?

To be honest I haven't found a balance. To find balance, day to day is an art in itself. I'd love to have more time to be creative, more time for my partner, more time for me. Just to breath without the constant demands of my dear little brats. ...

So I do what I can, when I can, and try not to push myself too hard, because I know that as my children grow, so will I get my time to create. I feel immense satisfaction at the end of the day, when I've managed to be just a little creative, on top of getting the house work done.

Words of wisdom for another #motherartist.

Setting small goals for myself has saved me from feeling completely unproductive. Accepting and embracing motherhood has really helped me see that they do grow so fast... You'll get your time to create.. for now, enjoy your children as much as you can.. they'll never be this little again.

Also setting up projects you can easily leave and come back to is great. Just make sure they're well out of reach of destructive, and sticky little hands.

(I've attached a photo of a work in progress that my older daughter decided join in on when she was 3 years old. Completely uninvited of course... and she was surprised that I didn't appreciate her input... )

What does Talitha do for pure joy? How does she fill her cup?

It's really the simple things that bring me joy. A nice meal with my family. Having the kids tucked in bed and being snuggled up by the fire on a chilly winter's night. Cups of tea with good friends. A good belly laugh. My partner and I goof around all the time. He really knows how to crack me up and snap me out of a bad mood. I think a good giggle shakes off all the stress and worries.