About the Written Collection
Read below for more information about how Written came to exist...
On May 16, my husband and I had our first child. It was a long, incredible, emotional process that (surprisingly) I could experience a million times over. The joy that came with having a child is one that I never expected. (Of course, I could have gone without the whole pregnancy part). After Adaline was born, there was a string of events that occurred including the death of a family member, that brought about more emotion that I think I had ever felt. I knew part of that was normal postpartum baggage, but I'm not kidding when I say it consumed me. And it wasn't even sadness. It was sadness combined with joy combined with fear combined with absolute elation. (Someone should clearly bottle up and sell those pregnancy hormones). I knew I had to find a way to manage all of that emotion in some way, so I did what I have always done in desperate times, since I was in high school actually. I went to my quote book. I read back and looked at the ideas, thoughts, and prayers that have pushed me through what I considered difficult times over the years. And then I started to paint. Acrylic on paper for quick paintings and fast drying. (This allowed me just the right amount of time to finish a painting while Adaline slept). I then took those same quotes and started writing on top of the paint. The paintings started to shift. I would find a quote I loved, then create a painting to represent it.
These paintings are a huge part of me. I am excited to look back on them in 5, 10, 20 years and remember what I was doing and how I felt after having Adaline. Just as my quote books have for my entire life, these paintings can now help guide me. They were made during a time when I needed more than just words.