Art Minute

'If I don't make art, I fade out': Why she needed to keep painting after having kids

Through her exhaustion and the demands of motherhood, Amy J. Dyck realized how important art was to her.

Through her exhaustion and the demands of motherhood, Amy J. Dyck realized how important art was to her

Through her exhaustion and the demands of motherhood, Amy J. Dyck realized how important art was to her. 1:02

"I'm one of those people that if I don't make art, it's like I fade out. It's like I become this blur."

After having children and struggling with the exhaustion and constant attention required, Amy J. Dyck realized how vital it was for her to make time for art in her life.

"I'd go up to my studio at night," she say. "They'd go to bed and I'd make something awful — paint something horrible and ugly, and do my best but I was exhausted so it just wouldn't be any good. I'd go up next week and then eventually I'd have more days a week and I'd fight for that."

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"Because of the demand on my time I realized what was important to me and actually just what I needed to live."

"When I go to art I feel like I've connected to myself again."

Art Minute is a CBC Arts series taking you inside the minds of Canadian artists to hear what makes them tick and the ideas behind their work.

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