We had the good fortune of connecting with Elaine Burge and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elaine, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
I believe that the most powerful thing you can do for your children is to cultivate happiness for yourself. Fill your cup so that you can fill theirs. Creating art makes me happy, so I choose to do that for half of every week day and then fill my afternoons with family time. I also believe it is important to teach them that the world is bigger than they are. I work hard to contribute a percentage of my profits every month to an orphanage in Uganda where 39 orphans are cared for by Racheal and Dominic Muggaga. It seems a little selfish to say that the most important thing I have done for Lucy and Bonnie is seeking my happiness, but I feel it is the best way to serve them.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a tangible result of the expression of my inner self. I try to be intuitive and bold and happy and honest as I create. I make because I have to… it is a part of who I am. I have always painted. I worked for a muralist in high school, painting leopards breaking out of walls in gymnasiums and such… it was a brush in my hand and I was learning, so I was happy! I painted landscapes behind miniature train layouts in college. I would make the scene flow into the wall so the viewer could easily create a little world in his or her mind. I have learned to enjoy the process. I have learned that the way that you live your day is the way that you live your life so I am going to try to have fun every single day. I just hope that the work that I create brings a little bit of happiness into the world.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live about 2.5 hours away from Atlanta in a city called Sandersville. I would take them on a mule ride (it’s an ATV, not a donkey), take them out to eat at Trackside Deli, maybe a little Company Supply for dinner. Honestly, there is not much to do around here and that is why I love it! We are surrounded by cows and chickens and goats and sheep and a quiet lull.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mrs. Willie Jordan. She is the reason that I have the opportunity to do what I do. She is a lively, happy, wonderful, patient, kind, wise soul. She is 79 years young, retired and widowed. Her presence is a daily present to my family and I cannot imagine my life without her. She diligently arrives to our home each week day to care for our children and exceed every expectation of making a house a home. She has taught me so much about the world and given me a perspective on life that has gifted me a new hope for the future.

Website: https://www.elaineburge.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elaineburgeart/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elaineburgeart

Image Credits
Holly Knight (All others) Laura Negri Childers (049)

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