Kindra Fehr was born in Salt Lake City and has spent much of her life traveling to such places as France, Norway, New York City, and Prague. Every place she has visited has molded her into who she is, but it is always Utah that she comes home to. Kindra earned her BFA in drawing/painting from the University of Utah in 1990, studied at the Lacoste School of the Arts in France, and has had her work exhibited nationally and internationally.
Before her success as an artist, for a long time she worked in a variety of seemingly unrelated jobs; she was a contact lens technician, flight attendant, book seller at Golden Braid Books, waitress, and in what seems to have become a career, an art teacher – specifically to children. In her current incarnation, Kindra paints and teaches out of her studio in Sugarhouse and is the art specialist at the Montessori Community School.
City, State, Country:
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Tell me about your family life
I married a talented musician, composer, producer, John Hancock, in Florence, Italy in 2002. Then, at what the medical field calls “advanced maternal age” (we won’t say how advanced), I became a mother and a student of my daughter, Aria Hancock. At an even more advanced maternal age, I had my second child, Azur.
Do you have a primary creative medium?
Visual arts (specifically painting), and also writing.
Please describe your creative process:
Much of my creative work happens in my head; lots of daydreaming and visualizing, and often times it never even makes it to the page or canvas! But when it does, it starts there. At that point, it takes discipline and setting aside time and space to move it from my head into reality. Once it has been started, momentum builds, and a desire to finish it kicks in.
Have you experienced barriers to your creative work? What are the biggest barriers to continuing your creative work?
Time. Scheduling time to dream, and then the time to work. Often when I get a "break" from being mom, I'm too tired to go beyond the daydreaming step. So time is definitely a challenge.
How old were you when you realized that you were an "artist" or a creative person?
Honestly, as long as I can remember. Maybe age 3?
If you could give a new mother advice about honoring her creativity while mothering, what would you tell her?:
Honor your creativity, and make time for it as part of your self-care. Be inspired by this new role in your life and use it as fuel for your art. When you're being hard on yourself for not being able to "do it all," recognize that your best creation is the little person in front of you. As he/she grows, the spaces for your self-expression will grow too.
What work are you most proud of?
I am very proud of a column I wrote monthly from 2003-2008 in Catalyst Magazine called "Babying the Buddha." I wrote about topics specific to parenting, mothering, and being an artist.
Learn more about Kindra and her work here!