Featured Creative: Tara Noel
What do you do when your time & attention is not always available to pursue your passion & craft? There’s a piece of the mystique of being a modern day artist or creative that’s overlooked by the outside world sometimes. Some of us have day jobs, time & scheduling constraints, some are fortunate enough to solely focus on creating & that pays the bills - but by in large that’s not reality. We are plate spinners. Jugglers. Time managers. Cat herders. Parents. I could continue, but we all have that one thing that demands our attention & focus while we might rather be honing our craft. This isn’t a bad thing at all, but it is real life. For this featured creative, her balance is with her three young kids & part-time job. Tara Noel is a great wife, wonderful mother & an incredible artist based in Fort Worth, Texas. Here’s her story.
My name is Tara Noel & my days are spent juggling three kids (9 months, 2 years, and 3 years old) & also working a part time job. I wouldn’t trade motherhood or this journey for anything - but it does mean that my art gets pushed to the back-burner & makes it hard for me to feel like I can even call myself an artist during this season of life.
It’s there though - & I know that it will always be there. Right now I’m just figuring it all out. I think more people need to hear that. Success isn’t immediate & it’s in the “figuring it all out” stage that we really learn the most about ourselves & our craft. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may be in this phase for a while... & that’s okay.
I went to school in Dallas & studied fine arts with a focus in oil painting & loved it. I have to be creative as a mom - knowing that oils & small children have proven to not be a successful combination in the past - so I find ways to create with more kid-friendly options. I really enjoy being creative with my kids using charcoals or watercolors. I think it’s important for kids to see their parents pursuing & fighting to do something that fuels them & that isn’t necessarily all about raising kids.
Most recently I have started doing custom family portraits which began as a couple of Christmas gifts & has recently warped into a little side hustle. I have a couple of families lined up so I’m excited to see where it goes. But most importantly, it’s given me an avenue to create & do something I love. While I have dreams to have my art in galleries one day & to spend my time in a studio, for now I’ll be here in our quiet little home nestled under a load of laundry. You might find me cooking dinner out of my favorite cookbook or quite possibly with a paintbrush in my hand all the while simply just...figuring it all out.
To commission any family portraits or inquire about other artwork you can contact Tara HERE
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