Brooke Rothshank is a painter and illustrator working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and egg tempera paint since 2002.
Her work as a miniature artist has been exhibited around the country and featured in both Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines. Brooke has illustrated three children’s books for Herald Press, and is currently working on a fourth illustration project that se is pursuing independently.
Brooke’s panting work has been exhibited at the Penland Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Chicago International Miniature Show, and elsewhere.
In this episode, Brooke discusses:
-How she got started with miniature drawings and paintings.
-The International Guild of Mini Artisens and what they do.
-The issues of perfectionism as well as allowing herself to follow what she’s interested in.
-How to battle perfectionism.
-The importance of a schedule, deadlines, and getting started right away when it is time to work.
-Making small amounts of consistent progress in the right direction every single day.
-One of her more difficult moments after college in trying to define herself as an artist and attempting to figure out the business.
-How having children made her more efficient with her limited time.
-How to get past the fear of putting your art out into the world, especially when it comes from a vulnerable place.
-How her best moments are any time she is invited to show her work, teach, or collaborate on a project.
-How her art makes her a more patient parent and partner, and makes her feel more energized.
-Her year of daily paintings and how it felt like a visual journal to her.
-Two of her greatest inspirations – Koo Shadler and her husband, Justin.
Brooke’s Final Push will inspire you to figure out what it is you want out of your creative life and to pursue it every single day!
“If I just allow myself to follow what I’m interested in, the result is generally more creative and authentic.”
“The thing I found is that when I’m striving for that perfection, I can often ruin the freshness of a piece.”
“It may be hard to see the progress when you’re doing the slow and steady thing, but in the long run you really can see a difference.”
“The more you create and the more you share, the less you’re concerned about what other people are going to think or say.”
“It’s doing the consistent, boring stuff along the way that makes the little positive moments shine.”