September 29, 2023

🔒 The Good Life: Vicki Martin on getting again to creating artwork

Vicki Martin beloved to attract as a toddler.

She loved the craft a lot that when she headed off to the College of Wisconsin-La Crosse, she confidently registered for courses as an artwork main.

She quickly found, nonetheless, that whereas she had a ardour for pencil work, she didn’t actually take care of all the opposite disciplines required to earn a bachelor’s diploma within the wonderful arts – issues like ceramics, jewelry-making and sculpture.

“I believed, ‘This will’t be my main.’ I’ll simply should (make artwork) on the aspect,’” mentioned Martin, who’s the president of Milwaukee Space Technical School.

However after she modified majors, Martin by no means spent a lot time making artwork. That’s, till about three years in the past, when she met then Better Milwaukee Committee president Julia Taylor, who can also be a watercolorist, at an artwork present. Martin realized that Taylor had additionally beloved drawing as a toddler however by no means made artwork her vocation as a result of she didn’t really feel a connection to different media.

“Effectively, I work with Julia quite a bit, so I mentioned, ‘You have got the identical story I do, and take a look at you, you may have gotten again into artwork in spite of everything of those years. I feel I would like to try this,’” Martin mentioned. “Earlier than I knew it, she had me over to her home and he or she gave me a watercolor paint set, some paper, brushes, the whole lot I wanted to get began.”

Martin started taking on-line courses and was quickly creating her personal watercolor and acrylic work. She does plenty of landscapes and water scenes, locations of calm for the busy chief.

“I’m at all times searching for what resonates with me, what makes my coronary heart sing,” Martin mentioned. “Making artwork is one thing I wish to proceed to do for the remainder of my life. It’s a time to actually focus. These work can take hours to finish, so you must hold coming again to them and remodeling them.”

Vicki Martin