What Has Art Done For You?

“Finding Art After Motherhood”

by Erica Marr, Painting & Vino East Phoenix


Art has been my passion for as long as I can remember. Painting, drawing, working with clay, making jewelry, etc. have always been among my favorite hobbies. Even when I graduated college, was no longer enrolled in art classes and began teaching full time, I always included art both in the classroom and at home.


It was around the time I started trying to have a family that I felt myself being pulled away from my art. I got distracted and my attention was more on optimizing health and doing everything right to conceive a child. I finally got pregnant and still found my focus was on planning for when the baby came, making it to all the appointments, readying my home for her arrival. When my daughter was born it was all about recovering from birth, learning to be a mom, and the typical sleepless nights that accompany newborns. Finally it was going back to work after maternity leave and attempting to find a new normal in the double life of teacher and mother. When my daughter was about 10 months old, I realized I hadn’t done anything artistic, with the exception of decorating her nursery, for nearly three years. There was a part of me that was missing.


My husband found a Painting & Vino class and we went on a date night for my birthday. Throughout class, and when I left that evening, I found myself experiencing that peace and lightness that comes from being truly happy. I was nurturing a part of myself that I’d been too busy to give attention to for so long. I knew that I had to make a change.


I needed art in my life, and I wanted it to be more than just a painting or craft on occasion. I discovered that to be a better mom, I needed to fill my own cup by not pushing this aside any more. Opening my Painting & Vino business was more than a way to make extra money and work from home while my daughter was young. It is also an outlet for my own creativity, and a purpose for me to paint regularly.


I would love to share my passion with you in a class. Come and fill your cup, create something lovely, and recharge your spirit. You will be glad you did! Check out my upcoming events here. 


Colorfully yours,

Erica Marr