A Mother's Love
This is a story of my oldest daughter. I am so proud. This blog entry is all for her. One day I will brag about her baby sister, but for now, no sharing of the spotlight... she was, afterall, the first. My Erin Anne.
Erin is an artist. While her life is filled with the normal joy of concerts, friends, boyfriends, work, tatoos and piercings, Erin is at her core an artist.
At age 16, she decided that she wanted to persue a job skill that would pay well and 'support' her, so that she could "create" without pressure. Her junior and senior years of highschool were a whirlwind of activity: cosmetology school, fashion & merchandizing school, regular highschool classes, commuting on the ferry to attend college classes through the Running Start program, dating boys, riding her horse, working on weekends as a waitress.. (AND getting mono during her senior year..) ALL the while, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. To say she is determined is a serious understatement !
After graduating all of the above, she set her sights on continuing her career as a stylist.... not at just any old salon; She applied (and was accepted) to attend a 3 year training program at the Gary Manuel Salon in Seattle. This salon recently won "Entrepreneur of the Year" award for salons internationally. (if you are EVER in Seattle, treat yourself to visiting this salon for any kind of hair care... you won't regret it!and by the way, ask for Erin)
Erin worked so hard during training program, pushing herself to achieve the goals that her boss set forth, being tested and retested until her haircuts were perfect. During the difficult and challenging 3 years, she never let go of her artistic gift - She continued to expand her skills in art as well. Erin graduated from the training program in Dec 2005. HURRAY! I am so proud.
Erin now has an apartment of her own, 2 wonderful cats, a slew of boyfriends, a close-knit cluster of girlfriends, a great job... and she paints.
We are in the process of designing a website for her to sell limited edition prints of her art work. It is not quite finished yet.... While she waits patiently, I asked her permission to share a few of my favorite works of art. I hope that you enjoy the glimpse of the beauty I have seen for the past 22 years.
(and if you're really interested, you can purchase one early for $30 plus shipping) Just send me an email : teyani AT crownmountainfarms DOT com.
Erin's art runs the gamut from whimsical to intense. I have selected a couple of her charcol drawings, and a couple of her watercolor paintings. A few of you might recognize the hours of work in each painting... I, personally, am in awe.
Please sing out your comments and send cheers of encouragement to this wonderful superstar of a daughter. (she'll be reading this post :-) She has continued to follow her dreams while working with amazing determination through a training program that only paid minimum wage.
I really do not believe that there is anything much sweeter than watching your child succeed. I am so very glad to be her Mother - this is what I will be celebrating on May14th - my incredible good fortune to have such a kind-hearted, amazingly talented, drop-dead-gorgeous woman who is both my daughter and my friend.
Here's one last photo - from a year ago. One lucky Mom plus a kiddo with a beautiful soul.