This series is my attempt to harness the tension and ambivalence that exists between my vital roles as artist and mother. Bridging the gap between mental aspirations and physical reality, I embrace the interruptions that typically hinder the creative process. It is the ultimate act of accepting my “maternal experience as a powerful source of inspiration”. [1]

The content for these small paintings is pulled from the scattered fragments of daily life with my children. I create each piece in one sitting, working without stopping until I am finished, or until I am interrupted. Often my stopping point is the moment I cannot possibly continue painting through the interruptions. At that point I stop working, and cannot revisit that piece. On the back of each painting I carefully document the start time, the end time, and the nature of the interruption that forced me to stop. The duration of each painting ranges wildly, from under two minutes to over two hours­­—an apt reflection of my piecemeal reality.

These small artworks, in their varying levels of success and completion, come together as a rich tapestry to represent not only the struggle, but also the beauty and triumph I experience as I continue to make art after taking on motherhood.

I am documenting the entire Art After series on my Instagram account. Each post includes the interruption and the time I spent on the piece. Below is a collection of some of my favorites.