I am a mom. I am a military spouse. I am an artist.
I think those three things say the most about me, or the most about what's important to me.
I am a mom to a very smart, very creative, kind, and funny little boy. He lights up my whole world and he has the best ideas. Being a mom has been challenging, to say the least. It's meant putting things on hold that I wanted for myself, including my art at times. But he's brought so much life into this home and this world. Watching him grow into a little person has been the most magical experience. And there is nothing else that will help spark creativity quite like the mind of a child. They force you to see things you may have missed and see things in ways you likely wouldn't have on your own. He has given me the opportunity to explore magic alongside him and I am ever grateful for my little love.
I am a military spouse to a very handsome, intelligent, kind, loving man who loves his job and his family and understands how important his role is to both. Being married to him has presented challenges - the military life definitely isn't easy. It's not a new life for me though. I was born in Germany as my father was also in the military. I come from a long line of service members with so many different experiences between them all. We've made it through overseas tours, course after course after course, career changes, training, training, and more training, and 5 different homes in the 14 years we've been together. My husband made the switch from being a tech in the Army to becoming a pilot in the Air Force when he was already almost 9 years into his career. The switch meant earning his university degree and then his masters, and then Phase 1, 2, and 3 of pilot training. We also decided to throw having a baby into the mix....you know, because who doesn't enjoy being brought to the brink of insanity?! In all seriousness, though, we've come out the other side of some of the hardest challenges as a stronger team. We are each others biggest supports. We're best friends.
I am an artist....but you already knew that or you likely wouldn't be here! Being an artist is something that was a part of me before I ever knew it was a thing you could be. I always loved to create - which sounds very cliche but it's true. Whether it was by drawing, or with LEGO, or blocks of scrap wood from my Grandfathers or Fathers creations, I was always having ideas and designing and creating. My brain just always seemed to function that way. We would do art projects in elementary school and I'd usually have to give whatever we were doing my own little spin.
I remember being 15 years old when my family got our first computer with internet capabilities - I know, I've just aged myself but there you have it. Anyway, the first thing I ever searched for was 'fairy art'. It opened up a whole world for me that I never dreamed could exist. I saw artists like Amy Brown creating and selling their work....ON THE INTERNET! And they were successful! I can still remember feeling so inspired. I found myself constantly doodling and practicing, learning new skills, focusing on details, trying to be better. The only class I ever wanted to take in high school was art.
When I went off to college, however, I ended up taking graphic design. It wasn't a TERRIBLE choice....but it certainly wasn't the right one for me. If I'm being honest, college in general wasn't quite the fit for me at that time at all. Within three months I became very ill. I ended up with severe anxiety. I was having panic and anxiety attacks so bad and so frequently that I had to drop out of school and move back home. It shook my whole world, flipped it upside down, and made me question everything. I had no idea who I was. I felt completely out of control. And it went on for a few years like that for me. Those were my darkest years. But through the worst feelings of despair, I always managed to find some light in art. I kept working at it. It was a place where my mind could go and I could just be myself.
When my then-boyfriend-now-husband and I moved in together I still wasn't in a place to be able to work outside the home. But I have never been the type of person who's felt comfortable doing nothing either. That's when I decided to start selling my art online for the very first time. I started making ACEO cards (2.5x3.5") and listing them for sale on Ebay. Sometimes they sold for $1. Sometimes not at all. But people grew more and more interested in these tiny works of art. And all of a sudden they exploded! I was finally contributing financially to our little family while doing something I absolutely loved without having to leave the safety of our little bubble. I grew more confident. I felt purposeful. I felt excited! And little by little, my mental health started to improve. I went from fighting against being house bound to living life again. Not without struggles, of course, but I was starting to flourish.
That period of my life forged the base for everything else that was to come. I have most definitely had ups and downs as an artist. I've had to walk away for a while in an effort to be the kind of support my family required at the time. But I always came back. How could I ever really leave something that's woven itself into every aspect of who I am?
Star Sign: Taurus Favorite Season: Summer Pets: 2 cats, 1 dog Preferred medium: I've started working in various mediums but all of my illustrations are watercolour. I also work with liquid oils and acrylic paint.
Some quirky things about Maigan Lynn
I feel sad when I see a lone balloon floating away. It gets me every time...
I was born in Germany but have lived in Canada almost all of my life.
I like everything music wise but my current favorite is electro-swing!
We are a military family and have now lived in five homes over the span of 14 years.
My favourite colour is aqua/teal.
I care a little more about our Green Earth every day.
I like partially popped popcorn kernels.
Mixing Peanuts and Pepsi (peanuts IN the pop) is one of the best things my Grandfather ever taught me.
I like the smell of rain before it hits the ground.
I am the exact definition of Taurus.
I love fancy guppies - their tails and colours are mesmerizing!
I have never fit in nor do I ever see the need to do so.
I love Lilies, Peonies, Hydrangeas and tulips the most.
I have an inner goth and she is awesome.
Peacock and Ostrich feathers are divine.
I never wanted to be a ballerina.
I am almost never without some kind of animal less than 3 feet from me.
I try to learn from my mistakes. But I can't say I haven't made the same one twice.
I love Japanese culture.
My art space is filled with beautiful artwork from artists I adore as well as colourful figurines and trinkets.
I'm a night owl. I don't function well in the mornings.
Fairies are real. So are mermaids and unicorns!
I didn't become a coffee drinker until I was 35 years old.
A child's laughter when they're laughing so hard they can hardly breath is infectious and hilarious.
I still have belongings at my parents house.
I love Flamingo's and Pelican's the very most!
I think every town should have a frog tunnel so frogs can pass safely without being smooshed by a car - regardless of the amount of frogs residing in the town...it's a cool idea.
Endless fields of corn freak me out, as do ferris wheels and teeth.
I have yet to lose my inner child and hope I never do!