What was the first thing you ever made (no matter how gnarly it was)?
A hard question for me to answer as an artist who’s been drawing most of her life! Skipping all of my young childhood, my first realism drawing commission was a huge milestone for me, and it was for a super supportive teacher in High School. That commission started me on this whole path! I was then introduced to printmaking in University and fell in love with the process. My first print was a silkscreen print of some abstract drawings and textures thrown together.
What is the hardest / most challenging part of being a maker?
One of the hardest challenges for me personally is finding balance between being a maker and personal life. Being self-employed means creating boundaries for when to work and when to take time off but that can be hard to do. For example, when I have deadlines and I go out to an event or social gathering I often feel guilty for not working on my project during that time even though it might be an evening or weekend and I could use the break. On the other hand, working at home creates a lot of opportunities for procrastination with personal chores, like laundry.
How do you stay motivated when you face these types of challenges?
Creating a more concrete ‘work schedule’ and having my SO and friends help keep me accountable. My goal is to also have a more separated work studio, so working towards that is a motivator!
Describe your current creative process in 3 words.
Meditative, Observational, Inquisitive