Maria Rose Wimmer
Maria (pronounced Mariah) Rose Wimmer is clearly a very talented artist. It is easy to get lost in her whimsical images on her website or Instagram. She has shown her work across Wyoming and in numerous spaces across the US. When you read her story below, you will see that she is through and through a creative spirit who takes daily interactions and turns them into her own masterpieces. In addition to creating works of art, she also teaches art history classes and homeschools her two daughters. Learn how motherhood kicked her motivation into high gear and how she challenges herself daily. Keep up with story on her blog and don't worry, you can actually buy her artwork on her website!
Tell us about what you are working on these days.
I am currently in the final preparation stages for an exhibit on quantum entanglement entitled Spooky Action at a Distance with artist Meghan Rowswell. The show opens next month at Casper Community College. I also have a solo show, Suburban Whimsy, which is currently on exhibit at the Paris-Gibson Museum of Art in Great Falls, MT. I am part of a group exhibition called Drawn Thought at Western Wyoming Community College which opens in January. I am also creating work for a show of portraits with my dear friend and artist Gabrielle Reeves. I am always juggling a few different commissions. Deep breath….and I just finished a semester teaching online art history classes. Oh and I also teach art classes once a week at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Finally, and most importantly, I homeschool my two daughters, ages 5 and 8.
You know there was a time when I waited for something to inspire me, or I thought I was too busy. I look back on that “busy” woman now and I laugh; I wasted so much time. Now I just work and find that as I put pencil to paper, hand to keys, or brush to canvas, that there is always inspiration. From the sound of the pencil grinding across the paper, the smell of paints, or just the curve of a stranger’s cheek in line at the grocery store. Everything can and will inspire. Once you find inspiration you are always aware that it is out there and you are just endlessly hunting for the next moment of inspiration.
I would say that my go to sources for inspiration are other artists: people I know, artists from history, and talented strangers online. I am also endlessly inspired by nature.
Having children seemed to turn on the light. Prior to children, I would make excuses about waiting for inspiration or some sort of magical alignment to make art. When I became a mother, it all changed. I knew I couldn’t wait. I learned that there will be no time given to me or to my art, that I have to make that time. Being a mother made me want to show my daughters that through hard work, really hard work, you can do the things you want to do and be the person you want to be. My creative spirit is the same pre and post motherhood, but the motivation to succeed is much more powerful. Honestly having kids showed me that I am so very capable, but that I can always grow.
Do it, do the thing that you need to do. Make time. Make it a priority. Surround yourself with people who will support you. Maybe it is ten minutes here and there or after the kids are asleep. Maybe you get up a little early, but you only have this one life. Your art cannot languish, you need to create.
Sharing is caring.
I love to read, or listen to books as I work. I have a group of artist friends spread throughout the world (Istanbul, Shanghai, Chicago, Wyoming, Raleigh, etc.). We share our daily work, sometimes a sketch, but other times it is a full piece. Keeps me working every single day.
All on your own.
This is a strangely difficult question for me to answer. I am not really sure. I suppose it could go two ways: 1) I would make art, spend time in nature, read in the hammock, work in the garden, and take my time eating a really amazing meal. OR 2) I would straight up binge watch something on Netflix, keep the curtains closed, stay in pajamas, eat weird junk food on the couch.
A sketch a day...
Two years ago I made what seemed like an insane resolution. I committed to a daily drawing. I specifically wanted to learn portraiture. At first my drawings were clumsy and merely OK, but slowly I began to improve. Fifteen forced minutes a day, slowly turned into 30 minutes, and as I grew what was once a chore became a joy, a refuge, a place to grow. Now I start my day off with a strong cup of coffee. I sit at our kitchen table and draw. More often than not my girls will join me and draw alongside me. Much of my day is consumed by caring for and teaching our girls. I run them to homeschool classes and I bring my headphones and a sketchbook and draw while they have PE for 45 minutes. Then I might fit in a few minutes here and there throughout the rest of the day. At night, after the girls are in bed I teach online classes or work on art. My husband is also an artist so we often work and talk side by side. My point is not that you need to push super hard like I do, but more that anyone can find time to be creative, it just has to be a priority.