This week get to know artist and mother Maura Segal. Her work is beautiful and full of movement and color. Enjoy!
Thanks Maura for sharing your work!
Where can we find your work and connect with you?
Describe your art and your creative process.
I am a mixed media artist. I work with acrylic and all different sorts of paper. I like to build layers even when you don’t see them in the final piece, but I know they are there.
The creative process is more instinctual than rational. I often “plan” my next piece, just to change my mind many, many times while doing it, except when it’s a commission.
What's a positive way that your art has changed since becoming a parent?
Since becoming a parent (three times), I value my art even more. I’m even more passionate about it and definitely more emotional.
I love sharing my art with my daughters. Their playfulness, creative impulses and the fresh way they see the world inspires me.
When are you most productive and what helps keep you going?
I feel I’m most productive early in the morning. I like to wake up as early as 5:30am and do some art while the household is sleeping. I return back to it after my daughters are at school.
Every day I wake up excited and energized about creating art. Coming up with new ideas and executing them is always an adventure.
Where do you get the most inspiration for your work?
From the natural world, especially plants, trees and branches. Also from living in such a large city as Los Angeles, with all of it’s roads, intersections and freeways.
Parenting does have its challenges and other schedules to think about. How do you give yourself and your art the space it needs?
Although I’m very flexible, I make sure to put in the time, every day. Art is such a large part of my life, that I don’t give it space, art just takes it.
Name a creative parent who inspires you and why.
I don’t know personally of any other creative parents who inspire me, but I do know others parents who are passionate about what they do, and that always inspires me.
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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