“There is nothing like having a new experience like parenting, and one that nothing can prepare you for, to make you see the world anew.”
This week in From the Pro, we are excited to share our chat with the amazing and talented Ned Glaettli — a fine artist and animator. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Vancouver Film School. She has worked at DreamWorks Animation Studios, created Moxie Planet, and currently has her own artist studio in Beacon, NY. To see more of Ned’s work, please visit her portfolio at: nedeye.gallery
What do you currently find creatively inspiring?
My current creative inspiration comes from a return to photography, my “first love” of art mediums. I find that changing my medium is a little like traveling, I am immersed in a world where the basics are the same but the flavor is different. It shifts my perspective.
Are there perks to your creative work since you became a mom?
Hell yes! There is nothing like having a new experience like parenting, and one that nothing can prepare you for, to make you see the world anew. Add to that the joy of seeing a new person discover the world, and the everyday objects, scenes and routines the rest of us have ceased to notice, and you have a whopper of new lens to see through. And the best part? You get to look through this new lens as the adult, informed person you are, with all the awareness of your own frame of reference. It wakes up a person’s creativity, and tingles the neurons.
Have you found unexpected perks from working for yourself?
I love working for myself. Bosses give me hives, so I appreciate not having to be blotchy and scratchy all the time. Also, there is no filter between my new lord and master (me)and my best worker (also me). This has exposed my weaknesses and let me learn how to delegate or outsource the things that I really don’t want to do. I’m still not admitting I can’t do them, I’m just filing them in the category of “icky stuff I don’t want to face.” Trying to do everything and be everything for my personal business lead me to realize theamazing value of the creative work I do, and that the things I find easy are not the same things that other people find easy. There’s a confidence in the creative work to be found,as well as an appreciation for all the things others can contribute. Currently, I love my accountant who is working on my taxes. Yes, I got an extension.
Do you have any favorite creative activities you do with your daughter?
Ella and I love pushing the envelope of invention, and the border between art and science. We make concoctions from flowers, or dirt or nuts, and then try painting withthem to see colors and textures. We build with tinker toys, and blur the lines betweenengineering and sculpture. We combine words to make new combinations, and then trythem out in conversation with other people to see if they work. Mostly, we have lots of fun, and in the fun we learn, grow, and keep each other simultaneously irreverent and borderline worshipful of the world around us.
What’s a piece of advice you wish you’d had starting your creative career?
One thing will lead to another, so just get started.
Many thanks to Ned for her insightful answers! I loved how her daughter created an opportunity for her to see the world from a new perspective and to explore creativity. We’re eager to see what projects they come up with next!
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