A new client sent me a link to the documentary film by Pamela T. Boll (pictured above) about women who are combining motherhood and creativity called Who Does She Think She Is.
I intend to see the film asap for two reasons. I am a fan of anything that encourages women to take time for themselves and their art, even when family responsibilities are a priority. And, after watching a you-tube clip of the filmmaker and her three sons talking about the impact of her career on them, I plan to ask my grown children to see it as well.
I started exhibiting my artwork in 1970, several years before my first daughter was born. After her birth, I kept my pinky finger in the creative world participating in one craft show a year in a neighboring town and teaching one or two continuing ed classes on quilt-making. Being a full-time mom was my higher value, but I needed something else that was just mine.
I increased the number of shows and workshops as I got better at managing motherhood, but still spent the bulk of my day with my children. By the time my youngest was born, I had set up art classes in our family room. I was featured in a book called Of Cradles & Careers: A Guide to Reshaping Your Job to Include a Baby in Your Life. The photo shows a student sketching on my left, next to me carrying my infant daughter in a backpack, my toddler son gesturing on my right. Those were very full days!
As my kids and art business grew, they participated along the way. What I loved about the you-tube clip of Pamela and her sons was these young men voicing how special it was growing up in a household where creativity and their mother’s art were organic parts of their experience.
I’d love to hear how other artists and their families reflect on the experience of having a thriving, creative mother in the home. I always knew that my creative expression was essential to my well-being. Seeing the video clip from Who Does She Think She Is illustrated how beneficial it was for her family as well.