Holly YoungArtist, Art Instructor - Holly Young Art
Holly's Story :
I have always had a passion for art and majored in it in University. I put off pursuing it as a full-time career for years after graduating. The biggest reason being my inner critic, and I know I’m not alone on this one! Don’t be too hard on yourself. Doubt will always be in the back of your mind, but if you never try then you will never know what you are capable of. I know we often have a list in our heads – “What could go wrong”; but guess what? Most of it never even happens.
Fast forward to my late thirties, I finally decided that I needed to make time for what I found so fulfilling. My youngest daughter had started school and I had no more excuses for not making time. I celebrated the small moments such as finding time and a place to lay out all of my supplies and get messy after the kids were in bed. Putting my art on a website and actually sharing it with others was a big step for me. I challenged myself and decided to write a blog post every week to let others know what inspired my work and the things/places I was interested in. I didn’t have an end goal, but I stuck to that schedule for two years. I was never the kid in school who enjoyed writing essays, but I have discovered that I do enjoy writing about art, architecture, design and travel. The things I love!
This journey I’m on keeps getting better every day. Each little step is leading me in the right direction. I don’t think too far ahead. I find I am a better mother and wife if I take time for myself. Making something with my hands is what I often need to balance myself out. I try to stay in the moment while I’m in my studio as I know my time is often limited.
The creative people I have had the opportunity to meet through social media is unlike anything I could ever had imagined. I truly feel like I have made online friendships with other artists and that their support and critiques help me continue doing what I was meant to do. Years ago I dreamt of being where I am now, it was worth the wait.
“Take a risk. You gain nothing by standing still. You must reach out to acquire the new.”