Artist/Mother Podcast

By Kaylan Buteyn

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The Artist/Mother podcast interviews incredible working Artists who are also Mothers, inviting them to share from their experiences as they make art and mother their children. We hope these interviews inspire you to dedicate time, passion, and energy to your art practice while simultaneously being the best parent you can be.

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22: Becoming Two: sculpture, faith, breastfeeding and more with Lauren Frances Evans
This episode with Artist/Mother Lauren Frances Evans is a treat! In it we discuss her rich sculpture based and multi-disciplinary work that explores the maternal experience, bodily urges and human longing. We dive into some of our own experiences growing humans, breastfeeding them and how our bodies are changed and shaped by those experiences. Lauren […]
Jun 17, 2019
21: Evolving an art career and business to fit your life with Becky Dawson
This episode is a lively and relatable interview with self-taught artist, illustrator and business owner, Becky Dawson! Becky lives outside of Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. Starting from the time that she had her first child, she has built up an inspiring and reputable business selling illustrated goods. In this episode we […]
Jun 10, 2019
20: Adapting your studio practice during young motherhood with Laura Wennstrom
Have you ever wondered how an installation artist creates work without a large studio space? How about an installation artist with two young kids? In this episode, mixed media artist, Laura Wennstrom shares how she works with found textile materials to create colorful and playful installations. She talks about the first time she moved from […]
Jun 03, 2019
19: In it for the long haul with Jodi Hays
I’m so pleased to welcome Jodi Hays to the podcast! In this incredible conversation, Jodi and I discuss prioritizing your work, owning your choices, and how her life experiences have become allegories for her paintings. She shares about the multiple “arms” she has making up her identity as an artist- taking on curating and teaching […]
May 27, 2019
18: Accepting the complex nature of your identity with Artist, Mother and Philosopher Megan Craig
Megan Craig is an artist and mother of two girls living in the Northeast. She has a rich and diverse art practice which began with painting and over time has evolved to incorporate performance and textile based work. In this episode Megan shares about this transformation, beginning with her time as a cityscape painter living […]
May 20, 2019
17: Investing in your art career before you get a return with Lee Nowell-Wilson
This episode is rich with thoughtful encouragement as I chat with Artist/Mother Lee Nowell-Wilson about her work and life. Lee talks about the reality of an art career- how it can feel like a long journey of investing before you ever see a return. She shares candidly about her experience with rejection, how she makes […]
May 13, 2019
16: Believing in yourself and your small town with artist Coulter Fussell
Have you ever wondered how to make it as an artist in a small southern town? On this episode I chat with Coulter Fussell, an amazing quilter and fine artist. She’s a single mama to two darling boys and contributes much of her success and her talent to her parents, whom her work is literally […]
May 06, 2019
15: Painting, performance art and parenting with Tessa Davidson
Tessa Davidson is an Artist living and working outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the Mother of two daughters. Along with her painting practice, Tessa currently work as adjunct faculty at Harding University in Arkansas where she teaches a variety of art history and studio courses. Tessa and I both received our MFA’s from […]
Apr 28, 2019
14: All is surface- finding inspiration for art while mothering with Sarah Boyts Yoder
Sarah Boys Yoder is a mixed media painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She is the mother of two children and I had a great time discussing Sarah’s studio practice as it transitioned from her working at home while her children were young to having more freedom and a studio out of the home now that […]
Apr 22, 2019
13: Leaping into life as a full time Artist with Christa David
Christa David is an artist and writer, fusing the mediums of painting, collage and assemblage to create and recreate stories about home, belonging, faith, and identity. She spent most of her career life as a senior public health researcher in NYC before quitting her job and eventually taking the leap to making art full time. […]
Apr 15, 2019
12: Jaime Rovenstine shares about finding time to paint in a busy season of life
Jaime Rovenstine is an Artist/Mother  based in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA from Columbia College Chicago and currently works as the Curatorial Assistant for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Jaime is the mother of two children and she and her partner recently opened a coffee shop in midtown KC called Monarch. Her […]
Apr 08, 2019
11: Finding your voice and going outside your medium with Jessica Wohl
Jessica Wohl is an artist living and working in Sewanee, Tennessee. She received her MFA from the University of Georgia in 2010 and has shown in many group and solo exhibitions around the world including the Staple Goods Gallery in New Orleans, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Cat Street Gallery in Hong Kong and […]
Apr 01, 2019
10: Heather Kirtland + Marissa Huber of Carve Out Time For Art
This episode has not one but two amazing Artist/Mothers featured! Both women discuss their means of making art while their lives are steeped with other roles and responsibilities. Both of these women have a long list of accomplishments and yet their humble and down-to-earth nature makes them so relatable. They share lots of wisdom, encouragement, […]
Mar 25, 2019
9: Fueling your passion for art with Cindy Rizza
Cindy Rizza is a classically trained, representational oil painter who holds a BFA from New Hampshire Institute of Art. Cindy’s work is collected internationally and she has won numerous painting awards including the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant and the Best of Show Prize at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art Annual Juried National Exhibition. […]
Mar 18, 2019
8: Kendra Bulgrin- life as an artist, gallery owner and mom of children with special needs
Kendra in an artist and gallery owner from Algoma, Wisconsin. She holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and has shown her paintings in many places both in the US and beyond including the Brooks Museum of Art and Beijing Normal University. Kendra’s paintings and work explore the constructs surrounding identity, examined specifically through […]
Mar 11, 2019
7: Jillian Sokso shares how mothering inspires her to create beauty.
Jillian Sokso is a visual artist living and working in the Pacific Northwest. She studied printmaking at Moore College of Art and Design and the University of Delaware. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2004, and her work is included in many public and private collections around the United States. She currently a professor […]
Mar 04, 2019
6: The complex roles of Artist and Mother with Judith Farr.
Judith Farr is a mixed media artist from Catalonia, Spain. Rooted in experimental abstraction with saturated colors, geometric shapes and patterns, she brings unusual materials together in toy-like or organic entities that sometimes resemble animals or imaginary characters.  Motherhood has given her an insight into a coming together of her childhood (past) and her identity as […]
Feb 25, 2019
5: Benz Amataya shares about freely pursuing your own path as a self-taught artist.
Benz Amataya is a painter living and working in Chicago, IL. She has exhibited her work in several places around Chicago including the Hyde Park Art Center. She received a certification in Expressive Art Facilitation from Open Studio Project in 2015. Her works are held in private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, France, […]
Feb 18, 2019
4: Committing to art everyday with self-taught artist Erika Lee Sears
Erika Lee Sears is a self taught oil painter. She has exhibited work in numerous group shows across the country including the Not a Lemon show in San Francisco + the Enormous Tiny Art Show in Portsmouth NH. Erika has had two recent solo shows in her home city of Portland, her work has been […]
Feb 11, 2019
3: Wearing all the hats! Juggling life as an artist and homeschooling mother of four with Adrienne Brown David
Adrienne Brown-David is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Water Valley, MS with her husband and 4 children. Her most recent work is varied and includes oil paintings with dreamy landscapes and figures, stitching as well as colored pencil and ink drawings of local birds. Along with Oxford, MS, Adrienne has also exhibited work in galleries across […]
Feb 06, 2019
2: Denise Gasser
Denise is a mixed media artist, born and raised near the mountains of Utah. After receiving her BFA in Art Education, she lived in the San Francisco Bay area for a time, before moving to her current home in Vancouver, BC. The farther she ventured North, the deeper her work was permeated by the natural […]
Feb 06, 2019
1: Nurturing your relationship with your art practice with Karen Seapker
Karen Seapker is an artist living and working out of Nashville, Tennessee. She received her MFA at Hunter College in NYC in 2009 and currently shows with Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville. We discuss many great things in this episode including how art inspires empathy, making art for the longhaul (and not sacrificing the precious time […]
Feb 01, 2019