MICHA MAYOTTE  

Tell us about your journey as an artist.

     "I've been creating in some form for as long as I can remember. I've been a dancer, singer, painter, writer, actress, poet, and crafter either throughout or at some point in my life. When I became a mom, I felt like I didn't have time or energy to create anymore. I became so steeped in parenting I forgot who I was, and I lost a lot of my joy.

     Eventually, I started tuning into the advice of just about everyone around me to get back into art, and after one painting I began to view myself as an artist again. I wish I could say it was messy at first, but truthfully it's been messy all the way through. But along the way, I formed some strong bonds with a couple of other talented women artists, and our frequent art nights have been a source of strength and inspiration for all of us. They also inspired me to teach a few casual painting workshops among friends in my backyard, which eventually turned into a business. I've also spent a considerable amount of energy defining my style, and feel really aligned with where I've settled recently in my Abstract Expressionism paintings."

     "Last year I launched CreativProcess, which started as a few painting workshops at local small businesses for whoever wanted to show up, and has since morphed into a collection of collaborative online workshops by moms, for moms. We just offered our first ever aromatherapy-painting workshop, and are about to launch a series of creative writing workshops starting this June. Next to come will be movement, and music workshops! It's been such a wild ride, and I am both excited and amazed at how quickly it's changing and growing during this time. 

 

     One of the things that make CreativProcess painting workshops unique, is that we always end the in-person workshops with the Community Canvas: a larger, blank canvas that everybody adds their leftover paint to. These almost always turn out to be amazing, and the plan has always been to auction them off and donate half of the proceeds to charity. That plan has shifted only slightly, and while I can't reveal more right now, I can promise the Community Canvas is about to become an even more important and lasting facet of CreativProcess. 

 

     Aside from CreativProcess, I've also been putting more stock than ever into my own painting career. I've done a few commissioned live paintings at a local church in north Scottsdale, each one improvisational and inspired by the live music during the church service. It's been a really fun and interesting project to have been a part of, and I'm excited to add more projects like it to my portfolio. I sometimes feel like I'm late to the game, like I waited too many years after art school to become a real artist, but then I remember that you actually don't need anyone's permission to become an artist, and you can be an artist whenever you want. I mean that literally. It's true for you just as it's true for me."

What work / programs do you offer?

     "My formerly in-person workshops through CreativProcess have all moved online, at least for now. I'm hoping to add some in-person workshops back into my offerings at the end of this summer, both at local small businesses and in private homes.

 

     While CreativProcess and parenting take up the vast majority of my time these days, I am working to build out my personal art portfolio and create more of my large scale paintings. I'm always open to collaborating with other creatives, because I truly believe we are stronger together!"

Where can we contact you + see more of your work?