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Sunday, April 23, 2006

A Mother's Love

This is a story of my oldest daughter. I am so proud. This blog entry is all for her. One day I will brag about her baby sister, but for now, no sharing of the spotlight... she was, afterall, the first. My Erin Anne.

Erin is an artist. While her life is filled with the normal joy of concerts, friends, boyfriends, work, tatoos and piercings, Erin is at her core an artist.

At age 16, she decided that she wanted to persue a job skill that would pay well and 'support' her, so that she could "create" without pressure. Her junior and senior years of highschool were a whirlwind of activity: cosmetology school, fashion & merchandizing school, regular highschool classes, commuting on the ferry to attend college classes through the Running Start program, dating boys, riding her horse, working on weekends as a waitress.. (AND getting mono during her senior year..) ALL the while, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. To say she is determined is a serious understatement !

After graduating all of the above, she set her sights on continuing her career as a stylist.... not at just any old salon; She applied (and was accepted) to attend a 3 year training program at the Gary Manuel Salon in Seattle. This salon recently won "Entrepreneur of the Year" award for salons internationally. (if you are EVER in Seattle, treat yourself to visiting this salon for any kind of hair care... you won't regret it!and by the way, ask for Erin)

Erin worked so hard during training program, pushing herself to achieve the goals that her boss set forth, being tested and retested until her haircuts were perfect. During the difficult and challenging 3 years, she never let go of her artistic gift - She continued to expand her skills in art as well. Erin graduated from the training program in Dec 2005. HURRAY! I am so proud.

Erin now has an apartment of her own, 2 wonderful cats, a slew of boyfriends, a close-knit cluster of girlfriends, a great job... and she paints.

We are in the process of designing a website for her to sell limited edition prints of her art work. It is not quite finished yet.... While she waits patiently, I asked her permission to share a few of my favorite works of art. I hope that you enjoy the glimpse of the beauty I have seen for the past 22 years.
(and if you're really interested, you can purchase one early for $30 plus shipping) Just send me an email : teyani AT crownmountainfarms DOT com.
Erin's art runs the gamut from whimsical to intense. I have selected a couple of her charcol drawings, and a couple of her watercolor paintings. A few of you might recognize the hours of work in each painting... I, personally, am in awe.

Please sing out your comments and send cheers of encouragement to this wonderful superstar of a daughter. (she'll be reading this post :-) She has continued to follow her dreams while working with amazing determination through a training program that only paid minimum wage.

I really do not believe that there is anything much sweeter than watching your child succeed. I am so very glad to be her Mother - this is what I will be celebrating on May14th - my incredible good fortune to have such a kind-hearted, amazingly talented, drop-dead-gorgeous woman who is both my daughter and my friend.

Here's one last photo - from a year ago. One lucky Mom plus a kiddo with a beautiful soul.


At April 23, 2006 at 6:49 PM, Blogger trek said...

Wow she is really talented - go Erin.

At April 23, 2006 at 7:35 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Yay, Erin! Very cool paintings.

And it takes a good mom to have such a fabulous daughter. :)

At April 23, 2006 at 7:59 PM, Anonymous Leah said...

Such a wonderful introduction to such a wonderful artist!

I love that first work. So beautiful!

You have every right to be proud Teyani, of Erin, and of yourself!

You two look so cute together!

At April 23, 2006 at 8:37 PM, Blogger Knittinreed said...

Erin - you are so wonderfully talented!
Tey- thank you for sharing Erin's work with us! You can send me an email through KR (Cecioboe) and I will respond.

At April 23, 2006 at 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing kid! That's some prodigious talent. Must come from having a fantabulous mom.


At April 23, 2006 at 9:12 PM, Blogger Fiberjoy said...

What a beautiful tribute to a very accomplished young woman! Isn't it grand watching our daughters making their niche in the world!

Erin, such delightful, whimsical pictures, and I love your haircut.

At April 23, 2006 at 11:03 PM, Anonymous Isela said...

The art work is exquisite, I am in love with Fire Wings!

At April 24, 2006 at 3:16 AM, Blogger Jane said...

There's nothing better than having a mom who sings your praises to the world -- you and Erin are an inspiring pair!

At April 24, 2006 at 4:22 AM, Anonymous Becky said...

Teyani, I hope Erin succeeds wildly past her expectations! She's definately an artist in her soul. I love the mermaid painting. I'd be as proud as you too to be her mom. Can't wait to see the new website. Make sure you let us know when it goes live!

At April 24, 2006 at 4:48 AM, Blogger Carole said...

Beautiful artwork! You should both be proud - you've raised a daughter who knows that pursuing dreams is the key to happiness.

At April 24, 2006 at 6:21 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Erin is very talented! The paintings you showed us are so awesome! I am sure that talent will take her far. I can see why you are so proud!

I can't wait to see the website!

At April 24, 2006 at 6:47 AM, Blogger amanda said...

Teyani I can see why you are so proud! Judging from the amount of determination and drive Erin has I think she will go far. Best of luck with the website and pursuing your dreams Erin!

At April 24, 2006 at 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what awesome art work!

At April 25, 2006 at 5:01 AM, Anonymous Debbie said...

What a lovely post. Erin, you are some type of woman. You will go far in life with that type of determination.

At April 25, 2006 at 5:54 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

What a talented daughter! I love the art and can't wait to see the site! A few have peaked my interest!

At April 25, 2006 at 7:26 AM, Anonymous Allison said...

Teyani, How wonderful that you have someone of whom you are so proud! It takes such work and dedication to be an artist. Especially one that stands out from the rest. I'm sure your encouragement means a great deal.

At April 26, 2006 at 4:04 AM, Blogger Momo said...

What an awesome tribute! You've got a lot to be proud about. Wonderful art!

At April 29, 2006 at 4:08 PM, Anonymous Esther said...

I love this post - what a beautiful relationship you two have! What a talented daughter! I actually am interested in purchasing the painting of alice in wonderland (looks like that anyway :-) girl sitting in front of the green bottle - is that still available??


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