1 hr 15 min

17: Investing in your art career before you get a return with Lee Nowell-Wilson Artist/Mother Podcast

    • Visual Arts

This episode is rich with thoughtful encouragement as I chat with Artist/Mother Lee Nowell-Wilson about her work and life. Lee talks about the reality of an art career- how it can feel like a long journey of investing before you ever see a return. She shares candidly about her experience with rejection, how she makes decisions about what to pursue and how she changed her medium and studio practices to accommodate having a baby and toddler. Lee shares a much needed reminder with us too- that we need to be checking in on our priorities and reminding ourselves that we are more than our ‘artist identity’. Lee earned her BFA from painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her work has been exhibited in Italy, France and many cities across the United States. In 2018 she had a solo show at Project 1628. Currently her work consists of painting, drawing and installations that investigate the maternal experience. Lee is the mother to two sweet little girls and she lives with her family in Baltimore, MD. You can find more about Lee and see more of her work on her website (https://www.leenowellwilson.com) and Instagram (@leenowellwilson ). She is currently working on releasing a print publication featuring visual art and photography based on the maternal form- check it out @milkedmag



“You All Sometimes Me of Take 1”, 2018, graphite and charcoal



Lee’s studio with work in progress



“All the Feelings (Or Just All the Laundry)? Part 1”, 2018, graphite and charcoal



Lee working in her studio, pregnant with her second child



“All the Feelings (Or Just All the Laundry)? Part 2”, 2018, graphite, tissue paper and charcoal



“All the Feelings (Or Just All the Laundry)? Part 2” detail



Lee with finished work and her daughter at her Project 1628 show



Lee with finished work and her daughter at her Project1628 show



“A Ponderous Wrestle”, 2018, graphite and charcoal

This episode is rich with thoughtful encouragement as I chat with Artist/Mother Lee Nowell-Wilson about her work and life. Lee talks about the reality of an art career- how it can feel like a long journey of investing before you ever see a return. She shares candidly about her experience with rejection, how she makes decisions about what to pursue and how she changed her medium and studio practices to accommodate having a baby and toddler. Lee shares a much needed reminder with us too- that we need to be checking in on our priorities and reminding ourselves that we are more than our ‘artist identity’. Lee earned her BFA from painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her work has been exhibited in Italy, France and many cities across the United States. In 2018 she had a solo show at Project 1628. Currently her work consists of painting, drawing and installations that investigate the maternal experience. Lee is the mother to two sweet little girls and she lives with her family in Baltimore, MD. You can find more about Lee and see more of her work on her website (https://www.leenowellwilson.com) and Instagram (@leenowellwilson ). She is currently working on releasing a print publication featuring visual art and photography based on the maternal form- check it out @milkedmag



“You All Sometimes Me of Take 1”, 2018, graphite and charcoal



Lee’s studio with work in progress



“All the Feelings (Or Just All the Laundry)? Part 1”, 2018, graphite and charcoal



Lee working in her studio, pregnant with her second child



“All the Feelings (Or Just All the Laundry)? Part 2”, 2018, graphite, tissue paper and charcoal



“All the Feelings (Or Just All the Laundry)? Part 2” detail



Lee with finished work and her daughter at her Project 1628 show



Lee with finished work and her daughter at her Project1628 show



“A Ponderous Wrestle”, 2018, graphite and charcoal

1 hr 15 min