PAINTINGS OF WOMEN WHO INSPIRE SERIES
Watercolor and Soft-Pastel
This beautiful warrior goddess is my mother. She is a woman who says what she thinks and may seem a little stern at times, but she has the biggest warm heart you could ever imagine. She is beyond wise and intuitive. My mom could be tough sometimes, but that is only because she knew we could do better; be better. She is my mother and my best friend.
I am so lucky to have a mother who encouraged creativity, imagination, and music into our life. When I was a kid our TV watching was extremely limited, and instead, we were strongly encouraged to play outdoors, ride our bikes and we went camping with our aunts, uncles, and cousins during the summer holidays. That was a blast!! We traveled East in Canada and those memories are rooted in my mind, my heart, and my soul.
My mother helped me leap over some serious life-related steppingstone. With unconditional love, she showed me how to be independent, how to be the woman I wanted to be (even if she did not always approve), and if I messed up, I had to fix it myself. I was taught that making mistakes are ok; “If you learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them, you’ll be ok! Mistakes help you learn!”; and “Don’t be so hard on yourself Anna”, she would say. But I never felt alone, I knew she is always in the shadows just in case I needed guidance along the way and there to show me a glimpse of the light. All I had to do is walk towards it. She made sure I was on the right track.
My path always leads me home to my mom and dad, they just get me, and they are fun to be around. My mom just lets me be me even if what I am into sound crazy or a little out there, she listens to what I have to say with interest. I love my mom and have the deepest respect for her.