We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Pope and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liz, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
As a mother of two, young, energetic boys, I’m learning how important it is for them (and all of us, really) to feel “seen”. I’ve started to take intentional time just for each of them and I’m working on slowing my pace down to be present in these precious moments. Celebrating who they are, quirks and all, has already started to shape a sense of confidence & adventure in both of them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art has always been part of my life in some way. Through being an art student or working full time, raising a young family and being a full time artist, my process has looked different though many seasons but creativity has always been there. Today, I am a full-time mom, watercolor painting during nap time and after bedtime. I do a lot of custom orders—everything from portraits of pets, homes or children, to painting birds, animals and flowers. Painting is part of my self care routine and I love what I do. Whether I am painting something for someone else or something just for me, I love seeing my paintings come to life. One lesson I am still learning is to embrace my unique journey. When painting with watercolor you have to plan ahead and the beauty of the painting comes from layer after layer of paint creating the depth of the image. Each painting is different, with different layers or different colors. It is so easy to look at others and compare but my unique layers of my past experiences and the things I prepare for are different than someone else’s, just like creating a new piece of art. We establish our own boundaries of potential. We define our own beauty and success. With each brush stroke, we forge our own path. My brand is still growing and I am still learning the in’s and out’s of being a full time artist but something that I am most proud of is that I am making it happen. I put my whole heart in to each painting I paint and I am proud that people love my paintings. So far, it has not been easy–it takes time that I could be cleaning my house or energy I don’t have when what I really want to do is nap with the kids. Slowly and surely, I am growing alongside my business.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve lived in the Atlanta-area for a long time and there are so many fun and wonderful things around here to see and do. Downtown Decatur Square would be my first stop. I love shopping at Wild Oats and Billy Goats, Squash Blossom, SQ/FT, Homegrown, and Little Shop of Stories. There are so many local and unique items to find. We would have ice cream at Butter & Cream and then lunch and drinks at Leon’s. We would spend a day exploring the belt line and all its wonderful uniqueness. Hiking would be in that week also. We are so lucky to have places like Stone Mountain and Arabia mountain so close. Both have some wonderful trails for both beginners (like my 3 year old) to a bit more advanced 3-5 mile hikes. These trails help me clear my mind and forget that I live in a big city. We would visit Refuge Coffee in Clarkston for a delicious Honey Bee Latte, and have lunch at one of the local restaurants in downtown Clarkston. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people in my life that deserve a shout out right now. It is so true that “it takes a village”, especially during a pandemic. I would love to focus on my mother-in-law though. She is a retired nurse and always there for friends and family that need her. One day each week, she takes care of my little ones so that I can focus on painting. My boys adore her and it is so wonderful to hear them all laughing in the other room. In addition to her love for my kids, she is there to listen to my problems and bounce ideas off of or celebrate my accomplishments. She truly is a treasure and I am very blessed to have her.