I love how Cory McBee has captured the Charleston area where she lives. I have family there and she has definitely captured the beauty of that area. Here work is bright yet calming all at the same time. Thank you Cory for sharing your work and insights!
Cory McBee - Modern South Design
Where can we find your work & connect with you?
You can find my work on Instagram @modernsouthart
and my website http://www.modernsouthdesign.com
Describe your art and creative process.
My art is in a state of evolution right now. I am not an artist that can work from their head, even with my abstracts they come from a series of photos that I collect pulling different elements from each. I will often take a series of images into Photoshop and make a compilation of colors and ideas, making new compositions. I think that is the graphic designer in me. After I start a piece I get to a point where I throw all of the photos away and go from my head. It is quite a process and very therapeutic. It pushes me to see the piece more clearly and bring a deeper part of myself to the work.
What's a positive way that your creativity has changed since you became a parent?
It has changed me in every way. I want my daughter to see that there is nothing she can't do. That she and every one should find time to answer and do what calls them. I stopped painting for 15 years while I pursed a career as a graphic designer. Now that I have returned to painting I realize how much I missed it and what a large part of me it is. As a designer I was always creative, but painting is a separate part of my soul. My daughter is my biggest supporter and fan. I couldn't do it without her.
When are you most productive & what helps keep you creating?
I really work whenever I can during the school year; nights, weekends, whenever. The summer is when I have time to really paint for long periods of time. My daughter is in camp and I have the house to myself - ahhhhh. I put on my headphones and hours will pass before I know it. The desire to push myself keeps me creating. Painting is one of the most challenging things I have ever done, each piece is a new adventure.
What inspires your work the most?
I am inspired by life here in Charleston and the Low-country. The proximity to the water would inspire anyone. It is interesting because I first started painting boats because I love their shape, I never realized how well they would be received. I am starting a new series of surfers, I am not a surfer, but again I am in awe of the shape that surfers make in the water and the dynamic movement of surfing.
Parents have challenges and other schedules to think about. What are some ways you make sure you give your art the time it needs?
I am the first to admit that juggling it all is a struggle. I am constantly battling with the desire to paint and be creative with my want and need to spend time with my daughter and husband. Any mother that is an artist knows this struggle. I often find myself painting when she is at a friends house, school or sleeping. There are definitely times when I have a deadline and I have to make a choice, I hate it. I try to avoid that when I can, but my daughter and husband are so supportive. My daughter will often spend time in my studio/office with me either doing her own art projects or playing games on the computer. It is not ideal, but we are together. She also really loves to listen to music in my studio. I might have to listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks but it is a small sacrifice.
Name a creative mother or father who inspires you and why.
I am often inspired by my good friends Joanna and Everett White. They are a large part of why I returned to painting. Everett is an artist himself and Joanna supports him and everyone around her. They both work with the ZanFagna Foundation and my involvement in the promotion and awareness of the artist Don ZanFagna has been life changing. It re-energized my love of art, turned me into a collector and ultimately led me back to painting again.
http://www.everettwhite.com/ and http://www.donzanfagna.org/
I'm no longer doing Creative Mothers interview, but this will remain as an archive. Thank you for all of the love!
About the Series
Let's face it, being a mother can be the most challenging, and the most rewarding thing. Being a mother who needs to be creative can be even more challenging, it can even feel lonely at times.
So let's dig deeper into the lives of creative mothers, share their amazing work, and get some insight into creating while parenting. Hopefully, inspiring other artistic, creative mothers, and women who may one day be mothers themselves, along the way.
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