Creativity in the Family

How the creative spark passes between mothers and daughters

By Kathy Davis
Creativity in the Family, Mother's Day, mother daughter artists
As a child, my daughter, Katie enjoyed painting with me.

Mothers and daughters share many similarities, from the way they look, to the things they cook, to what inspires them to follow their passions and dreams. In my own case, I chose to alter my path as a teacher to pursue my passion for a career in the arts. That choice to follow my creative instincts has proven to be very rewarding for me in many ways.

However, little did I know that my own daughter, Katie, who grew up playing sports, watching TV and hanging out with friends, would choose to pursue her passions in the arts. As a young child, she watched me paint and did some dabbling herself, but she soon followed her peers into the world of whatever seemed “cool” for the moment. Just before her senior year in high school she decided that art might not be such a bad way to make a living, after all. Today, at age 26, she has a degree in photography, works as a designer at my company, Kathy Davis Studios, and has started a photography business on the side with her soon-to-be husband.

My own experience is one I heard echoed among some of my artist friends, whose daughters, or mothers, are also involved in the arts. It gave me the idea for an interview series that would be timely for Mother’s Day.

Above: Artist Kathy Davis with her daughter, photographer Katie Davis.

Is creativity genetic? Is it a natural instinct or instead is it inspired or acquired by osmosis? Whether hereditary or acquired, the love of art often passes from one generation to the next. While daughters may be inspired to follow in the footsteps of their mothers, each is creating a path that’s all her own.

In this blog series, six different mother-daughter duos tell their story of the role art plays in their lives, and how their shared passion creates a bond between them.

Please enjoy our blog series… and share with your friends!!!

Since launching her design company in 1990, Kathy Davis has created several lines of greeting cards with various publishers. Today, she touches the lives of over 100 million consumers through her cards, fabric, gifts, housewares and other merchandise.  She’s the author of Scatter Joy: Living, Giving and Creating a Life you Love.

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