Mom Lesson #8: Do What You Love Because You Love It and You Will Find Your Audience
Over the years, Mom used many mediums for her art, but fell in love with creating digital work on her iPhone and iPad. Yes, my cutting edge Mom, who was a pioneer for women in the ministry when she was appointed to serve her first church in Hedley, Texas in 1972, was also an early digital artist.
It took awhile for her work to be appreciated and valued. Occasionally, I would go with her to the art galleries where she wanted to display her work, and the comment from shop owners was usually something like, “Hmm, that’s interesting! I have never seen anything like it.”
Mom never seemed to get discouraged when people didn’t “get” her work. In fact, I think she liked being on the cutting edge of creativity, and she was always happy to pull out her iPad and show people how she did it. Over the years as people got more familiar with her art, she got accepted into shows and competitions, and sold a lot of her work.
On this, my first Mother’s Day without Mom, I would like to offer this message in her honor:
If you believe in what you’re doing enough to do it without the need for acceptance, if you have something to offer based on what you have lived and learned, and if you are steadfast in your determination to do it, you will find people who appreciate and value your work.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Thank you for creating me.