It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. What is your background?
A. I am Tristin Miller and I am an artist, instructor, and community organizer. My background is in the fine arts with a focus in painting and drawing.
Q. What is your work?
A. My work is a constant ebbing and flowing of art projects, classes, and art related events that I organize.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am very excited about and currently working on the 6th Annual HAND-to-HAND Holiday Market that is taking place Sun. Dec. 3 12-6PM at the Elm Street Center in the heart of downtown Greensboro, NC.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. I recently gave a very personal talk at a creative entrepreneurs meeting that shared my 10 Rules for Building Meaningful Connections. I had to be very vulnerable when sharing the story of my own creative path and had to find the best way to communicate the wisdom that I have accrued over the past 10 years of being a working artist. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career!
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. Most people identify me as someone who is making things happen out in the community, but not so much as the fine artist that I have always wanted to be known for. I have spent so much of my life drawing and painting that it is the very core of my who I am. I have been so busy teaching and creating events, they my own studio practice has suffered. I want to be making more visual work that shows my mastery and the further deepening of my craftsmanship in painting and drawing.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Go back to taking piano lessons. Dig deeper into self-care. Don’t stop playing sports. You need the exercise. Keep a journal and a sketchbook regularly. They will be the foundation for how you are going to get through the tough times ahead. Spend less time worrying about boys and spend more time with your mother and father. You won’t always have them and they matter the most.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. From my 10 Rules for Building Meaningful Connections: RULE 2: Have a healthy relationship with yourself FIRST so that every effort you make to connect with others, is sustainable and balanced. Is there any area of your life where you are neglecting that is impacting your ability to be fully present when connecting with others or from being able to follow up on those relationships?
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Just participating in the act of drawing or making is sufficient. I just set a timer for 15 mins and allow myself to make a mark over and over in my sketchbook. Then when the timer is done, so am I and I can move on. Just trying to clock in the mileage. Loving process over finished product is key.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. I honestly wish that more folks wouldn’t put off building creative habits for themselves until later in life , after they are done working or taking care of others. To many of us seem to think that self-expression is not vital to our survival, but I do not believe in this one bit. Over the past 5 years of teaching drawing to adults, I have heard so many stories of how they once use to draw, paint, or write when they were younger, but all that had to be pushed to the side because survival needs took over. And then, Life happens and they are so at a loss for knowing how to express their feelings or are unable to “see” the world around them . So they end up looking for a solution and assume art will be the fix. But art doesn’t heal. So many confuse the cathartic experience of drawing and painting as healing, but it takes a more holistic approach to actually create healing in one’s life and circumstances. The expressive arts help create a ritual for a daily meeting with one’s thoughts and feelings, but mastering them requires a much more self-less commitment, a marriage to the craft. That’s what I learned my first year of art school. I had to be all in and for the rest of my life, if I was going to pursue it. Best decision I have ever made.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. I do not have just one pose, but my overall favorite is a just a good vinyasa. I love the rhythm of the breath guiding the next movement. Also, get’s you nice and warm which is one of my favorite feelings.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I consistently try to chose Love in all my actions and when I am unsure, I ask myself if it is Fear or Love motivating me?