When some people envision the life of an artist, they may conjure up images of someone spending hours at a time in a studio or room almost every day of the week, constantly entranced by the “creative process,” and intensely focused on creating their next work of art. But in reality, many artists live fairly ordinary lives, with the same responsibilities, activities, and time demands as the average person.
Take Susannah Virginia Griffin, for example. Although she is an accomplished artist, she also has the most important occupation in the world: motherhood.
Susannah, her husband, and her three children live in Bellaire, and her day is largely filled with what any mom does: helping kids with schoolwork, preparing meals, making sure the kids have clean clothes to wear, etc. etc. She just happens to harmonize her maternal duties with her artistic talents.
In fact, Susannah’s children have played a role in many of the artistic works she has created. For example:
- “My Gift” from her 2012 collection was painted outdoors while her children were also painting along with her .
- “The Warrior,” which Susannah describes as “very personal,” is a painting from her 2010 collection that depicts a mother and her three children as she strive to protect them from insidious outside influences.
- “The Offspring,” one of Susannah’s oil paintings, portrays three pears and a lantern, which Susannah says represents her three children and herself.
The fact is, it’s quite possible for a woman to be both a wonderful mother and a skilled artist. So if you’re a mom who has an artist inside her just waiting to be released, know that you can play both of the roles in your life and balance them successfully. Just ask Susannah Virginia Griffin.