I want to take a moment to welcome you to view intimate moments between mothers and their children that comes from a place of understanding and compassion. After the birth of my first daughter, breastfeeding was a struggle for us. Overcoming these struggles lead me to pursue Lactation as a career. It was the first time I found something that could compete with my passion for art! It was only a matter of time before I combined my passions and began creating art that depicts mother’s feeding their children. I’m enthusiastic about the intimacy the subject matter creates while also celebrating various breastfeeding journeys.
I reside in West Michigan with my husband and two daughters. I’ve had the pleasure of juggling my passions while also raising my daughters without the need for child care. Early in my career I was a muralist working in commercial and residential settings. When my daughters were born my clients would allow me to bring them to work with me. When I began creating my breastfeeding paintings my daughter’s would set up their easels and paint along side of me.
My hope is to normalize breastfeeding through my art. To aid in this ambition, for many years in a row, I have entered my work in the world’s largest juried art competition, Artprize. Artprize takes place in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, MI, allowing the subject of my art to create meaningful and heartfelt conversations.
Purchasing prints of my work is easy, simply click on the link below and you will be taken to Fine Art America's site. I thank you for your continued support on my mission to normalize breast feeding through artistic expression.
I graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2002. I was lucky enough to meet my husband while we were both attending school there. We both graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. Because of my illustration background, I typically work with faster-drying mediums such as water-soluble oils. My hope for the future of my art is to develop a more fine-art style of painting, as I sincerely admire the looser techniques and colors of artists who have mastered the platform.
As my children grow, I find myself wanting to expand the subject of my work, still keeping families the focus of my art. When taking on commissioned work I love learning about families and their journey. This gives me the opportunity to truly personalize the pieces I create for them.
First, I need a good reference photo to work from. I prefer natural lighting or directional lighting. (No Flash Photography.) You must also own the rights to your photo. I can not work from a professional photo unless the photographer approves it in writing.
Second, we will talk about the commission structure (I charge 50% up front to get started), the time frame to complete the piece, and shipping.
Third, I get to work and communicate with you along the way. You will have an opportunity to ask for any adjustments before making the final payment. Once the final payment is made, I will ship your painting.
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