People say raising kids is a full-time job, and I have a full-time job as an art teacher. Being an artist can also be a full-time job. Somehow I have recently found the balance between all three of these important roles in my life. People often ask me how I have time to make artwork with a full-time teaching job and two kids under 4. It has a lot to do with the love of it, and mostly making time for myself after my kids have gone to bed. I can’t say I’m working in the best light during the 8 o’clock hour, but it works. Sometimes I carve time out after school while I have kids staying after, or I just let myself work from 3 o’clock until I pick my kids up from daycare. If I am not painting, I am probably thinking about painting, and therefore I must make time to work so that I can get all of these ideas out of my head and on to paper. I think most people have some sort of outlet, whether it be working out, playing music, or enjoying time outdoors, for me it is making and creating. I also think part of it is that I would much rather stay in and listen to music while painting than leave my house. I’m a little bit boring like that.