WELCOME TO ART MUMS UNITED DIRECTORY
MEET OUR INSPIRING WOMEN ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Amanda Kates is a mixed media visual artist creating work born out of the tension between the unrelenting urgency of mothering two small children, and the impossible-to-relent-to urgency of retaining her identity.
Washington DC / United States
"My works are images from moments overwhelmed with spongy, sentimental love, but made in a rush tinged with resentment: the constant, jarring contradictions of motherhood."
Brandi Hofer is a visual artist focusing mainly on figurative and portraiture paintings she creates in collaboration with her children.
Lloydminster, Alberta /Canada
"Being a parent is one of the most difficult and challenging endeavors in one's life; however, I have no doubt it is the most meaningful."
Dimitra Bouritsa is a visual artist who creates visual stories about existence, human vanity, our relationship with nature, man’s multiple roles and masks, but also about beauty, the beauty in the creation of new life, the beauty within us.
Athens / Greece
"Children are the one and only meaningful thing in this life, and they deserve the merriest and fully lived on experiences childhood."
Ellen Holleman is a visual artist and urban design professional creating paintings inspired by scenes from ordinary daily life.
Rossum / The Netherlands
"Becoming an artist has been a long journey: it took me almost 30 years to ‘come out of the closet’ as a painter. I was a creative child, dreaming of becoming a fashion designer. But without artistic role models, nor anyone encouraging my artistic talents, it never occurred to me that I could actually BE that."
Gena Destri Keffer
Gena Destri Keffer is a semi-abstract expressionist artist whose art practice focuses on painting from life and memories.
Kyle, TX / United States
"My recent landscape and architecture art is centered on the land, our connection to it, and the energy we draw from it. I build upon places I have been and the overarching emotions I have associated with that specific place."
Heather Kirtland is a contemporary visual artist, art educator, co-founder of the Carve Out Time for Art community and co-author of The Motherhood of Art.
Maryland / United States
"I have always been a practicing artist, but motherhood truly threw me for a loop. I lost my sense of identity and could hear my college professors in my head saying that I had to choose between being a “serious” artist or mother."
Jacqueline Diesing is a mixed media artist and architect whose colourful florals surrounding micron-ink historical buildings represent energetic life, giving hope for the present while honouring the past.
Chicago, IL / United States
"I have come to realize that my healing journey began when I started drawing again "just for me" back in 2011. My path towards wellness is all right there, expressed in my art."
Jennifer Scales is a photographer who focuses her art around capturing the unique perception of travel, using motion to create abstract landscape photography.
Peissenberg / Germany
"My own movement partly counteracts the train's speed and allows me to capture islands of focus within dynamic pictures. In the Rush of travel, I reach a place of inner stillness that allows me to preserve the fleeting beauty."
Mikaela Wikström is a self-taught abstract painter and mother, who draws inspiration from the beautiful Finnish nature and small magical moments and encounters in everyday life.
”Do you know those small little things that can change the direction of a whole day? Even your life? Small little glimpses of joy and magic that make your heart beat a bit faster? Those fractions of magic are why I paint.”
Nadine Montille is a Mauritian visual artist and art educator based in Malaysia. Her body of work is known for its vibrant colours and exotic vibes.
Johor / Malaysia
Nadine was a practicing artist before embracing motherhood. She had international exposure in Beirut and the Seychelles and participated in various group exhibitions in Mauritius Island.
Nikki Braun is a visual artist, graphic designer and mother of three.
Grande Pointe, Manitoba / Canada
Nikki Braun is drawn to watercolor because there is a looseness, flow and uncontrolled nature that challenges and captures her creativity. She likes to explore the contrast that soft washes of watercolor and hard marks of pen create in her abstract paintings.
Renata Franzky is a practicing artist interested in the relationship between the materiality of painting, surface, and line as symbols of grief, loss, joy in the context of everyday situations.
Munich / Germany
"Using methods of contrast such as colour, surface and the line as contour, at times impasto, at times poetically translucent, I attempt to portray the suffering and the lighter moments of life. What is always important is the message and the artistic expression."
Sharon Becker is a mixed media visual artist inspired by design, philosophy, psychology, and nature.
Westport, Connecticut / United States
"I tried every artistic oeuvre to find something that would fit with my lifestyle. I even dreamed of opening a touring art gallery in an Airstream camper which could travel around with varying exhibitions that I curated. I thought it would be awesome to have cocktail parties for every opening in every state. Maybe one day! "
Shushanik Karapetyan is a visual artist with a background in psychotherapy creating repetitive pieces inspired by her experiences.
New York City, NY / United States
Shushanik's paintings are informed by her work as a psychotherapist, placing significance on the process. While paintings begin with some form of structure (i.e. a seascape or a landscape), this structure is tentative and flexible and is often guided by moment to moment decisions, whether it’s the choice of brush, color, texture, or movement in the painting.
Aleksandra Dedic is a sculptress, painter, photographer and mother with past experience in art education, interpreting and translation.
Nis / Serbia
"Becoming a mother introduced new concepts into my works as far as topics are concerned. The meaning in the visuals around me began to emerge, as I noticed compositions of everyday objects that my son created."
Anna McKeown is a visual artist who focuses on embroidery, curator and comedian.
"By utilizing what are otherwise joyful combinations of color, print and texture, I create hand-stitched textile works permeated with a covert and often humorous commentary of self-identity and understanding."
Nashville, Tennessee / United States
Elyse' Jokinen is a mother, a collage artist and founder of Wilder Collage.
Kailua, Hawaii / United States
"I made my first collage almost two decades ago and now it's the main focus of my art practice.
The first time I submitted this I said, "My dreams for the future include creating a collage community.""
Gina Robinson is a multipassionate mum, visual artist, make up artist and beauty consultant.
Bethesda, Maryland / United States
"Since my return to fine arts came through a need to create freedom for myself, I hope that people experience some of this freedom and empowerment when viewing my art as well."
Vanessa Hiller is a contemporary visual artist who uses her own history and old photos of her family as inspiration.
London / United Kingdom
"When I paint, I gradually release each layer until it becomes a map of the present or a memory of lived experiences of universal trauma, hope, pain and joy."
Ilze Egle is a contemporary artist and curator who creates large-scale oil portraits, in which she aims to convey the beauty and the power of human emotions by merging the abstract and figurative.
Riga / Latvia
"Art is more than conveying a story and my practice comes from where I am emotionally. I wish to evoke a sense of wonder with my art."
Jayn Anderson is a contemporary abstract painter whose work is inspired by life experiences, emotions, music and how they all relate to fundamental humanness.
Greensboro, NC / United States
"My intention is to explore my own experiences, and in doing so, give the viewer unspoken permission to do the same. To celebrate the intrinsic parts of life that are often hard to articulate with words."
Joanna Pilarczyk Radecka
Joanna Pilarczyk Radecka is a visual figurative artist who uses vibrant colours to tell an optimistic story of an intimate relationship with her surroundings.
London / United Kingdom
"Often there is a synchronicity of events - opportunities will present themselves when I might least be expecting them. I try to catch these extraordinary moments and people in my mind and capture their unique, individual expression."
Kelly Marshall is a mother, visual artist, educator and founder of a full-inclusion children's art studio.
San Diego, California / United States
"I had never really considered that I was capable of a career in the arts but through my journey as a mother and educator, I finally saw a path."
Laura Hanganu is a contemporary semi-abstract artist with a passion for light and moodiness.
Brno / Czech Republic
"No process in my creation, just letting the painting come to life as it’s meant to be, just surrendering to the flow of feelings and instinct to guide me throughout the creation, my confession on canvas."
Martina Petrovicova is an emerging visual artist working primarily in watercolor which she is very fond of because of its expressiveness and unpredictability.
Brno / Czech Republic
"Art is a sort of therapy for me. It helps me to come to terms with what‘s lying under the surface. To me, art is important not only as a pleasing aesthetic object but also for its capacity to communicate meaning."
Michelle Lee Rigell
Michelle Lee Rigell is a St. Louis-based contemporary realism artist whose art practice is centered around sharing and spreading happiness through her colourful acrylic and watercolour art.
St. Louis, MO / United States
"Continuing on with the theme of sharing and spreading happiness and good fortune to others, my goal is to create 1000 cranes with the IG artist community."
Nicki Ault is a contemporary Canadian artist with an intense love for the boreal forest, northern lakes, big skies and wild grasslands of Saskatchewan.
Saskatoon, SK / Canada
"My hope is that my paintings will feel intimate and familiar by tapping into a private memory that will connect the viewer to the image, to our powerful Canadian environment, and to me."
Piya Samant is a self-taught visual artist and art curator.
Massachusetts / United States
"I realized that diverse experiences and interests enriched my children's lives. This transformation was organic and it seeped into my art journey. My paintings today better reflect me as a person and artist and don't mask the past."
Renée Switkes is a floral painter celebrating the beauty of nature and symbolism of flowers.
Silicon Valley, CA / United States
"My methodical painting process brings a centering balance to my life. Essentially, painting flowers helps me focus, enjoy nature's simple beauty, and share my desire for others to feel joy and a deeper connection to nature."
Shelby McFadden is a stay-at-home mother to her son during the day, and by night an entrepreneur, illustrator, artist and graphic designer.
Annapolis, Maryland / United States
"Being a mom is hard, emotionally and physically, but ... I am still figuring out this new identity as a mother, designer, business woman, artist, wife, and myself, and really enjoying every bit of it."
Aomi Kikuchi is a textile artist based in Kyoto, Japan. Her work is based on Japanese aesthetic principles and the teaching of the Buddha.
Kyoto / Japan
"My work addresses infinity as the succession of fleeting and brittle activities. With freedom and flexibility, I combine acquired knowledge and experiment and create art to inspire dialogue and reflection on these concepts through materials and aesthetic philosophies."
Ceili Seipke is a mother, painter, photographer and costume champion.
South Burlington, Vermont / United States
"I believe you are never too old to find your dreams and develop your gifts and skills. You just need a willing heart that is not afraid to be a beginner again, to get past your fears and be true to yourself."
Elise Mendelle is a mother of three and a visual artist inspired by about everything in the world.
London / United Kingdom
"I believe that setbacks are a part of life, and getting through them with determination and courage will not only make you stronger, but will teach you for the next roadblock."
Holly Romano is a contemporary artist focusing on photography, painting and mixed media process.
Columbus, Ohio / United States
"Six months after I became a stay-at-home mom, I pulled out some old canvases and my kids’ paints, and I started painting. I was uncertain, having no formal training in painting, but my heart fell in love with the process. I waited so many years for this chance. I was never going to give it up again."
Jennifer Deppe Parker
Jennifer Deppe Parker is a visual artist who focuses on paintings, photographs and mixed media collages.
New York / United States
"I make mixed media macro portraits of the eyes of various individuals using pictured materials influenced by the subjects themselves. This approach is to highlight their perspective conveyed through the context of the most unique element of each living thing - their eyes."
Katerina Novotna is a mother, dancer, dance teacher and choreographer with over 25 years of experience.
Sydney, NSW / Australia
"I am truly inspired by mothers I meet, with their utter audacity and determination to do the best job they can. I strive to pass on this kind of strength to my students and also my daughter."
Leah Guzman is a visual artist, Board Certified Art Therapist, coach and author of "Essential Art Therapy Exercises".
Miami, Florida / United States
"I’ve been an artist all my life, yet motherhood brought me to the realization that my art is a necessity for self-care. Motherhood brought an awakening that sharing my work holds power to amplify my own happiness and that it will ripple out to others."
Margot Dermody is a multipassionate mixed-media artist.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania / United States
My artwork reflects the beauty of light and the courage to find it. I hope my work will lift viewers emotionally. I am grateful to be able to express myself freely through my work while also using it to connect with others.
Melanie Jordan is a visual artist focusing on thread-based crafts.
Kent / United Kingdom
"My artwork has gradually honed in on this as a focus for my creativity, paying attention to how it feels to have a need to be the nurturer, but feeling trapped by the needs and responsibilities of others."
Michaela Jean Upp
Michaela Jean Upp is a contemporary visual artist, gardener and mum celebrating the beauty and power of nature.
San Diego, California / United States
"Today, my artwork is a call to nature by appealing to the “inner child” in us all. I am devoted to Earth and all her plant and animal beings. I believe that children are innately tied to these living creatures in a most mystical way."
Michelle Lubin is a mother, visual artist and writer of creative non-fiction books.
Imperial Beach, California / United States
"The art life can be incredibly challenging, throw in motherhood, the weight of the changing world and daily responsibilities, having the right support is crucial."
Nikki Baxendale is a painter and fine art photographer currently residing in Canada.
Vancouver / Canada
"I am a storyteller, and often see far beyond the simplicity of a subject, be it a decaying leaf or a drop of water reflecting the world around it. My camera freezes a vision, and my brush is a way to express how it makes me feel."
Paulina See is a figurative visual artist whose work revolves around themes of memory, rumination, mental health, and human experience, with particular focus on the emotions of raising children in the absence of a “village”.
Oslo / Norway
"To build back my sense of self, and find peace in the present, I turned my attention back to art and I am now mindfully growing my art practice and my work."
Rachel Le Roux
Rachel Le Roux is a visual artist capturing the beauty of movement, interior designer and mum of two.
"I don’t think I could ever describe in enough detail how I felt when I became a mother twelve years ago. I was at the top of my game at this time of my life in England. My husband and I had big plans for our lives, so when our little blessing came as a surprise, everything was turned upside down and our lives changed so much!"
Roberta Hoiness is a mixed media visual artist creating organic, abstract landscapes that reflect the rustic simplicity of the prairies and create a sense of calm.
Saskatoon, SK / Canada
"My art explores the connection we feel to land and the places that hold our history and our hearts. The places that make us feel "at home"."
Shelly Pamensky is a visual artist exploring a process of mixing unconventional materials together to create a surface where glitter, paint and pigment particles coalesce to incantatory effect.
London / United Kingdom
"I work with an innovative layering process, spraying veils of colour over a glitter and pigment primed ground."