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From motherhood to marriage to career, to grocery shopping and bill paying—and a trazillion things in between—despite our best efforts, making our art tends to get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.
I bet you can picture an evening just like this in your home: there you are hurrying through the house, wrangling someone or something, when you eye that pile of shiny new art supplies for that cool online class you signed up for…
...and then you sigh and make dinner, or help with homework, or take the dog for a walk, or any number of things you’ve gotta get done.
And on it goes, day after day as you slowly but surely multitask yourself away from this thing that you love.
I know because I myself am really good at feeling busy (yay me!) I’m not great with prioritizing self-care and I can be terrible at holding myself accountable for making art. If I were to win the lottery tomorrow, I would quit my job and stay home and concentrate on my art and my son. I smile dreamily to myself when I think about this. Then, reality creeps in. I think about last Saturday—I had the time and freedom to do whatever I wanted. Did I spend all my time making art? No. I snuggled with my son on the couch and read a book. I binge-watched Gilmore Girls while scrolling Facebook. I watched cat videos.
And as much as I wish watching funny videos of kittens would help us become full time artists or start selling our art and bringing in extra income…the truth is: the only way for us to get to that future artist self we daydream about is to get to the art on a regular basis and start working now.
And that’s exactly what I help creative folks like artists and writers do. I work with smart, passionate, creative women who are feeling stuck, get to the art on a regular basis and grow their business into one that supports them with ease. By wearing the hats of mentor, therapist, productivity guru, planner, cheerleader, and accountability partner I basically become the shortcut to becoming a successful, working artist.
Put another way, I become your art career bestie.
Here’s the abridged version of how I got here: In my 20’s, I worked at a university during the day, and wrote science fiction and explored altered art whenever I got a chance. I ended up advising Ph.D. students and faculty for 7 years. There, I found a passion and a talent for counseling smart, passionate, creative people on how to reach their goals. I went on to have my son, and when the economy crashed, I switched careers to high tech and became a buyer. Again, I found myself problem-solving and helping people (engineers) navigate systems and milestones in order to get things done. So now? I draw on my background in psychology and counseling, my years of advising students, and my own 20 years as a mixed-media artist to connect with amazing women and help them take their art seriously and become working artists.