Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My Mom, The Inspiration

My mom has always been a doodler.  Drawing her trademark 'Sam' since I was a wee one, she's always had a pen in hand, putting something on paper.  Hell, I STILL find doodles of her name written backwards with her non-dominant hand at the office.  She's always had the bug.  It wasn't until a few years back that our family was rocked with a trio of life-altering tragedies that she sought out creative ways to heal.  That's when she rediscovered her love for art and began painting with a passion.




It's been amazing and inspiring to watch her grow as an artist and to learn new techniques that allow her to express herself on canvas more and more.  Watching MY mom evolve and express herself through her art has definitely pushed me to challenge myself more and more and to try creating with different mediums.  Throughout my entire life, actually.  She's ALWAYS been a crafty one.  From quilting, to stamping, to needlepoint (you should see her collection of handstitched Christmas ornaments!), to crocheting, to sewing clothes, to knitting; you name it, she's done it and mastered it.  But this creative path is different, it seems.  It's coming from a deeper, more meaningful place. 
I think the most inspiring part of her journey is that it's taken her years to find this passion.  It doesn't matter your age, your profession, your 'lot' in life; all that matters is that you continue to explore different avenues to express yourself creatively.  You'll get there at some point.  And when you do, it will have been worth the wait.  Write, sew, sing, dance; whatever it is, just DO it. 

Over the past year, her art has gotten more and more attention.  From multiple commissions, gallery showings, to installation pieces and most recently was featured in the latest Tulsa Lifestyle magazine.  Makes me proud to be her kiddo.  She keeps the world up-to-date with her artful life on Facebook and on her blog
So thanks, Moma, for inspiring your girls and the rest of the world to seek out our creatively outlets.  It's a gift we'll all treasure forever.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, good for her! Really incredible work. Of course, I am partial to the doggies. :)

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  2. Oh my, she is BEYOND talented! She mastered the shading and lighting so much that some of these look more like photos. Your family is so awesome!

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  3. I'm kind of blushing. Thank you kiddo!

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