BY TONYA BRAMLAGE – For countless artists, their mothers were their first unofficial art teachers, whether they provided them with actual instruction or encouraged their creativity by example. So what exactly should a girl do when her mother has received over 30 awards, is listed as “Who’s Who in American Art” and in “World’s Who’s Who of Women”, galleries owned and operated in Maine and Florida? , and has eight corporate murals in his career as an artist?
The answer was easy for Gail Cleveland, who is the daughter of the late artist Wini Smart.
âAs a mother, as a daughter, I became an artist. There was never any doubt about it, âshe said.
Wini started painting in her early childhood and made sure Gail carried on the tradition.
âMy earliest memories of how my mother guided me to appreciate art and develop my own innate talent are an integral part of her heritage both as a mother and as an artist.
All moments count. Quiet moments. The moments of sharing. The exciting moments of discovery. The moments of greatness. Every moment is equally important according to Gail’s mom. Wini Smart was a wise woman.
Some choose the path of the artist despite their mother, this was not the case with Rebecca Cleveland, Gail’s daughter. Rebecca grew up observing her own mother’s work and she was influenced in ways she never really understood as a child. Rebecca has always been surrounded by art in her home growing up. âMy mom taught me to be creative by being creative,â Rebecca said. Every Tuesday of the past year, Gail teaches Rebecca how to develop and hone her creative skills through an online platform. Rebecca suggests, âI couldn’t ask for a better art teacher. She is my biggest supporter. His encouragement continually inspires me to continue my creations.
Give Rebecca a break to stop and think for herself, whether it’s in her genes or not.
âI may have inherited my mother’s artistic ability, but I also developed my own artistic sense throughout the time we spent together in our private sessions.
Fourth generation artist, Rebecca is currently the most passionate about bringing flowers to life on canvas. The flowers are a reminder that every moment in time brings change, evolution and transformation. Flowers wherever the eye falls remind us of each other’s beauty and power. Embracing the beauty and importance of the times it takes to bloom, the desert cactus is proof that even though it takes a whole year to do so, all the times it doesn’t bloom are needed and not wasted.
Wini and Gail knew firsthand how memory creation could impact their personal and collaborative efforts as a mother and daughter art duo.
âSome of my fondest memories of being with my mom come from the many trips we have taken together to paint in various countries and places,â Gail recalls.
This fall, Gail intends to carry on the mother-daughter tradition shared with Rebecca. The two plan to travel together for their own painting retreat, just like the ones Gail cherishes so dearly.
âI hope this will be the first in a long series,â she said.
You can’t spell moments without mom. Life can be filled with moments, but you only have one mother to live them. Gail and Rebecca offer proof that the best teachers are the ones who show you how to use your heart, inspire the world by living a legacy through their works of art.