A lifestyle journalist Arlene Harris got in touch with me, looking for some interesting individuals to talk about their "2nd Careers".
It piqued my interest... and not because I'm a publicity hound or I even think about my paintings as any sort of double job (on top of my work as a Regulatory Solicitor with a large energy company in Ireland). I was happy to talk because I hoped writing about my experiences (with a hobby turned small business, and professional career as a solicitor) would inspire others to "think outside the career box".
No one should feel or act like they're pigeon-holded or worse, stuck, in any job, stereotype or pattern in life.... there's so much out there to explore, do and get involved in.
So here's the article which features me as the solicitor/baby ultrasound painter, the doctor turned thriller novelist, the special needs tutor/ burlesque dancer and other interesting people... Enjoy
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Extract featuring Quaint Baby Ultrasound Art:
Laura Steerman leads a similarly creative double life. A full-time solicitor by day and a mother to two small children, Adelaide, 4 and Lila 2, her second occupation is creating paintings from prospective parents’ baby ultrasound photos.
“I’m a solicitor with the ESB Group by day, then I paint baby ultrasound photos to commission in the evenings,” she says. “The idea came to me during my first pregnancy. I treasured my daughter’s ultrasound photo so much that I felt it was a shame to have it tucked away in an album, yet it was too small to hang on the wall. So I painted a picture of it.”
Requests to paint friends’ ultrasound scans followed, and as word spread she had to set up her website Quaintbabyart.com to handle commissions. Now it generates a successful second income.
The legal profession may be a challenging and complex business, but Steerman says it has overlaps with her painterly pursuits.
“Exploring the application of the law to a particular issue, and discussing colours with a parent for an ultrasound painting are both creative processes, about problem-solving and collaboration,” she says.
Steerman, as a mother, solicitor and commissioned painter, is exceptionally busy, so must find time to devote to her second income while her children nap.
“I factor it into my life the same way other parents might make time for the gym. My husband, Matt, and I support each other as parents and with our goals — we’re both busy, but our No 1 priority is spending our time with our daughters.
“We hope our approach to balancing careers and family will instil a sense of passion and purpose in them. Life is just too short not to be innovative with your career, your time and your ideas,” Steerman says.
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