Like many first-time mothers, Delaware artist Nicole Royer didn’t quite know what to expect when son Tiberius arrived earlier this month. So she’s turned to her abstract action art to help her on the motherhood journey.
She is creating a new series of paintings, inspired by the journey of her first pregnancy and the joys, trials and tribulations of raising a newborn. Along with her personal experiences, she is asking for others’ stories and support to create custom paintings from their experiences. The series subject matter will include adoption, parenting, surrogacy, a day in the life of a newborn and more.
She hopes to fund the entire project through a Kickstarter campaign, ending Friday, with the final completed series of all paintings and backers’ stories printed in a hardcover book for those who have shared their stories and supported her project. [Not familiar with Kickstarter? It’s the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.]
“My art is constantly inspired by couples living with real joys and hardships,” she says. “In talking to people about their lives, I am able to start to understand how the world is a social place; everyone depending on one another for something. I want to connect people through my paintings and the book I’m going to publish with everyone’s stories in it.”
Her previous series of paintings dealt with the highs and lows of Nicole’s own struggle with infertility.
Nicole plans to spend the summer working on her series, bonding with Tiberius and painting once-in-a-lifetime memories. The best part of her series, she says, is that she wants to give other mothers a forum to share their stories and journeys and see those stories come to life in original artwork and the printed book.