How does being a mother impact your work?
Being the new mom of a 3 month old, I have a lot less time to focus on art. For the first 2 1/2 months he would not want to be put down, not even for naps! I would wear him in a baby wrap and bounce on an exercise ball while drawing, that was the only way I could get any work done. Now he is napping on his own and I am able to have some alone time to work here and there. I am really excited to start painting again soon, and I think my work will naturally evolve into something else now that I have taken a break and birthed a baby.
What have your experiences exploring nature as a mother/with kin looked like?
Whenever we hike or explore with Remi it’s very unpredictable. With babies, it’s hard to plan anything, they are kind of your boss. You can try your best to be prepared and have them completely satisfied, napped and fed, but sometimes they just aren’t having it and other times they will be completely laid back or asleep. We took Remi on his first camping trip to Valley of The Gods and Comb Ridge in Southeast, Utah. He did so well, and we really loved having him outside and in such a special place. I am so happy to be raising him in the Southwest, he’s already so much cooler than I am, being a Colorado native. We live very close to the four corners, kind of where the desert meets the high alpine mountains. There is so much nature that is easily accessible in any direction and trails right outside our front door. We took him on his first hike like 10 days after he was born, to Sand Canyon and he was totally chill. Naturally we plan to go camping and backpacking with him whenever we can, he is a lucky boy.