40x30 acrylic on canvas
At different points along the parenting journey, we reach crossroads where we must re-define and re-prioritize aspects of family life. It requires cleaning house, so to speak, so that things adjust for these changes. Sometimes it means we step away from the busyness so that we can hear our quieter thoughts and, more importantly, hear our children’s hearts.
My husband and I have three remarkable daughters. It's no coincidence that the number three is often repeated in my work. Parents naturally long to see their children grow into who they are meant to be, to do what only they can do, to fly true. Yet life can undermine and compromise this greatest of all tasks, this raising of children. How can we as parents help our children be like arrows which are true, which hit their mark, especially when things are not working very well and that special mom-radar is telling you to pay attention. This piece was painted during one of those difficult times. It took the deliberate, thoughtful process of naming an image in paint to gain insight, to slow down, to listen and to take stock … and in so doing, to remember that the most important formations are right here in the most ordinary and familiar of places - at home.