There has been a change happening in my studio lately that I haven’t fully been ready to articulate until now. The ideas that pop into my head are becoming more and more about objects that inspire me. I have come to realize that if I’m going to paint about my life, and my life is changing, that it’s only natural that my artwork should keep up.

I began making figurative self-portraits when I was a new mother and more focused on the physical challenges of everyday and the journey my body had undergone. Now that my children are older, my challenges are more about organization and finding balance. Our calendar is always filled with birthday parties, sports, friends, and family and total chaos seems to always threaten to overtake us. There is beauty to be found in the imperfection though.

In the beyond control moments, hidden in the piles of stuff that seem to accumulate is a silver lining. I’ve started playing an artist’s game, challenging myself to find inspiration in every day. I look for beauty in the accidental arrangements that fall together on my kitchen counter or in the sunlight reflecting off something left outside. I’ve been making small sketches and taking photographs and while 4 out of 5 of these ideas will never become a finished painting, the process has left me feeling happier and less overwhelmed by my list of to-do’s. The studio hasn’t felt this fun and creative in a while. Now all I need are a few more hours in my week!