We had the good fortune of connecting with shalome patrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi shalome, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I love being a mom; it has matured me into the woman I am thrilled to be. I have a daughter and a son, and one of the first lessons I taught them was that the worst thing they can do is lie to me. The truth—even if bad—is what they have to give me. The most important thing though is that at the ages of 8 and 7 my children know they are loved unconditionally. Always. I know that will give them the courage that is sometimes needed to keep going in life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Artists are constantly creating what we are living. The lessons along the way are what help us to grow, and I have learned that they are all necessary for me: the hard ones, the easy ones, and the breakthrough ones. I left my home in Alaska at 17 with $500 dollars and a suitcase for college in Arizona. The tough times and struggles to pay my way through design school by working three jobs made me appreciate the education I was getting. I was dedicated to making a career that was going to be creative and pay the bills while I learned my painting and sketching skills. I am now an Art Director and I sell my work. The lessons I have learned about art and expressing myself have enabled me to create what is in my mind and take the viewer on a journey with me. The lessons of motherhood have made me unselfish and soft in a way I think was needed to mature my art. The lessons of being a woman…there is a book I could write on that. I appreciate all of life’s lessons because there is always a positive to find and some growth that is gained.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, downtown Phoenix is a blast for eating and dancing. The Phoenix Art Museum is a must. The Phoenician for drinks. Downtown Scottsdale for art and eating and more art. Shopping at the thrift stores along 7th Ave, a hike up Camelback Mountain, and a trip to Cosanti Originals.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I had a wonderful mentor named David Coven. We met when I was an art student. He was the director of the school, but it was after I graduated that we began to paint together. I was so lucky to have those painting and hangout times. They gave me strength and encouragement when I needed it and made me believe in what I have always known I needed to do. Paint and sketch.