Your illustrations cover such diverse, beautiful topics. From motherhood, to fashion and lifestyle, to poignant musings on life. Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes in many forms; really anything that allows me to think creatively. Some of that results from reading books, listening to music, going to art shows. But mostly I’m just looking around, watching people on the street, noticing how a stranger tells a story or eats a sandwich, wondering how they picked out what they have on and why. Everyday moments and the movements of human behavior give me so much. Whenever I get stuck on an idea, I go for a walk and take a peek at the world around me.
What is your relationship to social media, and how have you used it to enhance your career?
‘It’s complicated.’ I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I hate social media because people are endlessly on their phones. People wait in line at the supermarket on their phones, sit at the table with their family scrolling, people are even on their phones while they’re having conversations with friends. I want to scream, ‘People, look up! Let’s live in this dimension!’
But… I also love social media. it makes it so easy to connect with friends and colleagues, stay up to date with current events and discover talent I would never come across. It’s amazing that way.
With regards to my career, it has been unbelievable. Social media is the easiest and most inexpensive way to market myself. It’s an incredible tool to show your work to the world.
How has motherhood influenced or changed your art?
Motherhood has shifted everything in my life. Having my daughter, Coco, was the greatest relief. Suddenly after decades of only needing to take care of myself, someone else came first. She is my little anchor that keeps me grounded. I’ve found that I’ve slowed down so much, accepting that you can’t always rush everything. This attitude has rippled into my artwork in the best way. Having more patience with myself and allowing myself the time I need to explore.
How have you used art throughout some of the challenges in your life?
Oh boy, art has been my saving grace. Between an abrupt split from my husband and my mother being diagnosed with cancer, I nearly broke. Struggling to make sense of it all, art was my way to get all of the crap building up inside, out of me. During my rockier moments when I couldn’t hold it together, I would stay up all hours, I would paint, or scribble. It was very cathartic. It was healing.