Featured Artist – Jaimee Matz McClellan of Modern Classics
I have enjoyed so very much getting to know all my artist friends and introduce them to you as well. Each one of them inspires me not only in what they do but also how they go about achieving their dream. Each and everyone struggles with the work-family balance and it is that particular challenge I am after. I want to know what you think! This next artist is a dear friend. We have a lot in common but mostly we L.O.V.E paper. Jaimee has a dear online shop and a lovely blog.
So grab a seat and join in as we learn more about Jaimee’s love for what she does and her tips on balancing it all.
I am a Mommy, Wife & Artist…loving it all!
Having a photographer for a Father and a Mother who can draw just about anything with the greatest ease, I was lucky enough to inherit a bit of their talents. From a young age, it was almost certain wherever I was, your could find me with a piece of paper and crayon in hand. It was the same as I got older…having grown up just outside of the Big Apple, inspiration was at my fingertips. I remember skipping school to spend all day at the Met not wanting to leave. I later studied Art in college, starting out as a Sculpture Major and graduating with my BFA in Textiles.
How do you run a business while being a mother to a young child?
It can be tough at times but it’s working out so far. I do most of my work while my little guy is at Nursery School or late at night after he’s asleep. But should something pop up off schedule, he’s right by my side making creations of his own.
Do you have a studio/work schedule? What works for you?
Well, I’ve attempted setting specific studio times but never the less, it goes right out the window after the first day. My family comes first and life just isn’t predictable! So, I work around “life’s Schedule” instead.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Everything inspires me…other artists, nature, everyday life. It all has an effect on me and what mood my work conveys. My creations are an extension of myself. I think there’s no better way to connect with people then to have them find a piece of your art work that speaks to them for whatever reason it may be. I think the most important thing to remember is that if it makes you happy, people will see that.
How do you separate working on your growing business from spending time with the family? Any tips you would like to share with us?
I put my family first but when duty calls, I must admit I have the most supportive husband on the planet. (At least, in my book) He fills in when Mommy’s ties up for the moment. During the day, I try to make business errands fun for my son by creating pretend errands list/scavenger lists on his own-he’s occupied and enjoying himself at the same time. Although, I don’t know how much longer that will last. Visits to the Post Office, on the other hand, are a breeze…lucky for me, there’s a bakery next door, so that’s never a problem:)
What’s your idea for a perfect day?
Hmmm…it would have to start with a trip to the bakery (of course) and a day filled with warm sun, green grass and my two favorite guys!
I don’t necessarily have a wish list but if I did, travel would be on the top of it.
Growing up, we were fortunate enough to travel the world with my father on business trips. I learned so much about people, different cultures and art during those trips and I’d love for my son to have the same experience.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
That’s easy. My family!
What makes Jaimee smile?
It doesn’t take much. I’m generally a happy gal…although, sweet kisses from my son are certain to seal the deal.
Thank you Jaimee for spending some time with us!
Don’t forget to check out Jaimee’s work here and here…
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